27 killed, 109 hurt in knife attacks in China's Kunming city

27 killed, 109 hurt in knife attacks in China's Kunming city

Twenty-seven people were killed and 109 others injured when a group of unidentified men armed with knives attacked a railway station in the capital of China's southwestern Yunnan Province today.

State-run Xinhua news agency ran a news flash saying 27 people were killed and 109 injured in the incident in the provincial capital city of Kunming when knife-wielding men attacked the city's railway station.

Pictures on Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, showed local police patrolling the station.

Bodies in blood were spotted on the ground in the pictures. Doctors were seen transporting injured people to a local hospital.

A Weibo user who was dining in a restaurant near the railway station, said that she was "scared to death," adding that she saw a group of men in black with two long knives chasing people, Xinhua said.

The suspected terrorist attack came ahead of the meeting of the Chinese parliament next week.

The origin of the attackers is not yet known or whether they hailed from northwestern Xinjiang province where China says the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), an al-Qaeda-linked group is stirring up a separatist movement among the ethnic Muslim Uyghurs.

Several such attacks have taken place in Xinjiang in recent months as the remote province has been witnessing ethnic unrest between the native Muslim Uyghurs and Han Chinese from the mainland for the past few years.

Three people were killed in an attack by the ETIM at the iconic Tiananmen Square in Beijing last year, when a car crashed into a crowd of tourists. 

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