29 dead, over 140 injured in China knife 'terror' attack - New York News

29 dead, over 140 injured in China knife 'terror' attack

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In China, at least 29 people are dead and more than 140 more injured after what's being described as a major terrorist attack.

Authorities say several assailants with knives randomly attacked people at a train station in the Yunnan province in southwestern China late Saturday.

Citing a statement from the Ministry of Public Security, the official Xinhua News Agency said that a "terrorist gang" of six men and two women led by a person identified as Abdurehim Kurban was responsible for Saturday evening's attack.

Police shot and killed four attackers.  The other three were arrested.

In an indication of how seriously authorities viewed the attack, one of China's deadliest in recent years, the country's top police official, Politburo member Meng Jianzhu, was on route to Kunming, the Communist Party-run People's Daily reported.

The violence in Kunming came at a sensitive time as political leaders in Beijing prepared for Wednesday's opening of the annual meeting of the nominal legislature where the government of President Xi Jinping will deliver its first one-year work report.

A dozen bodies could be seen at Kunming No. 1 People's Hospital, where more than 60 victims of the attack had been taken by midnight, according to Xinhua reporters at the hospital. A doctor at the hospital said medical personnel were so busy treating the injured that they were still not sure of the exact number of casualties.

Yang Haifei, a Yunnan province resident who was being treated at the hospital for wounds to his chest and back, told Xinhua that he was buying a ticket when he saw a group of people, most of them dressed in black, rush into the station and start attacking people.

"I saw a person come straight at me with a long knife and I ran away with everyone," he told Xinhua, adding that people who were slower ended up severely injured. "They just fell on the ground," Yang said.

At the guard pavilion in front of the station, three victims were crying. One of them, Yang Ziqing, told Xinhua that they were waiting for a train to Shanghai when a knife-wielding man suddenly came at them.

"My two town-fellows' husbands have been rushed to hospital, but I can't find my husband, and his phone went unanswered," Yang sobbed.

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