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Chinese separatists blamed for attack

Sunday, March 02, 2014 - 01:50

March 2 - Armed military guard a southwestern Chinese train station where at least 33 people died, as hospitals treat the scores of injured. Sarah Toms reports.

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Security is on high alert at this train station in southwestern China. Armed riot police stood guard as people streamed into the Kunming station in Yunnan province. It's been just hours after a chilling mass knife attack left at least 29 people dead and more than 130 injured. Witnesses say a group of knife wielding attackers burst into the station and began stabbing people at random. (SOUNDBTE) (Mandarin) PARKING ATTENDANT MR. CHEN STANDING SAYING: "Two women said to me: 'There's fighting outside, they're killing people'. I said: 'Don't talk nonsense, it's very safe here'. But that people really were being killed. So I walked out and I saw a person with a knife this big. I thought it was just one person, so I planned to shout for a couple of people to try and apprehend them, but then I saw five or six of them. They all had knives and they were stabbing people madly over by the first and second ticket offices." (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) SUPERMARKET WORKER REN GUANGQIN, SAYING: "Last night everyone ran over into my supermarket. The supermarket was full of people, including two passengers who had been stabbed. I was terrified. They were killing people, how could I not be scared? " China's domestic Security Chief made an emergency trip to Kunming and visited some of the injured victims in hospital. He vowed that those responsible would be brought to justice. State media said police shot at least four suspects dead and captured one. It said five others are on the run. Graphic pictures can be seen of the attack. And the Kunming city government says that evidence from this scene pointed to militants from Xinjiang. Some of Xinjiang's minority Uighur Muslims want autonomy from Chinese rule and an end to state suppression of their religion. It comes at a sensitive time...as China gears up for the annual meeting of its parliament, and this time security across the country will be tighter than ever.

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Chinese separatists blamed for attack

Sunday, March 02, 2014 - 01:50