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China Knife Attack Is Third in Three Months; 6 People Injured

Image: China Knife Attack Is Third in Three Months; 6 People Injured Armed policemen stand guard next to passengers after a knife attack at a railway station in Guangzhou.

Tuesday, 06 May 2014 02:27 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Another knife attack in China is the third such attack since March. On Tuesday, assailants armed with knives attacked commuters at a train station in Guangzhou, injuring six people.

Police shot and killed one of the four attackers in the incident that happened about 11:30 a.m. local time. One suspect confronted passengers leaving a train from Kunming.

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"We just came out of the station," Liu Yuying told the China News Service, according to The Los Angeles Times. "We were taking pictures in the square of the train station and all of a sudden, two attackers came out with big knives like you use to cut watermelons."

The Guardian said Tuesday's knife attacks are being blamed on the same ethnic Uighur group from Xinjiang. The attackers' identities are unknown.

One witness told Guangzhou Daily that two suspects hid near a food stand for nearly two hours before suddenly pulling out knives from their bags and attacking passersby, wrote The Guardian.

In early March, 29 people were killed and roughly 130 people were injured in an attack at a railway station in Kunming by 10 men with long knives before police killed four of the suspects. That attack was blamed on a Xinjiang separatist group from northwest China.

In June, 27 people were killed in the Xinjiang region in what the state media called riots that targeted a government building and a construction site.

Chinese beat officers started carrying guns in many large cities since the first knife attacks. The LA Times reported that the Yangcheng Daily, a Guangzhou newspaper, said that about 4,000 armed special police began patrolling the city on May 1.

The incident highlighted the increase in such attacks on China's civilian population of late. Two men, who also carried knives, blew themselves up at the train station in Urumqi, China, last week in one of the country's first suicide bombings against its civilians. Urumqi is the hub for the Uighur minority.

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