Xinjiang separatists killed at least 29 people and wounded 130 in knife attacks at a railway station in southwestern China yesterday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
Police shot and killed at least four of more than 10 masked attackers who stabbed people at Kunming station yesterday afternoon, and were still hunting for the rest, Xinhua said. The injured were taken to more than 10 local hospitals in Kunming for treatment, it said.
President Xi Jinping sent Meng Jianzhu, the Communist Party’s security chief, and the government’s public security minister to Kunming, and urged severe punishment of the attackers and a crackdown on violent crimes to maintain social stability, Xinhua reported.
The attack, coming before next week’s start of an annual nationwide legislative meeting, is the latest amid tensions between Han Chinese, who comprise more than 90 percent of China’s population, and the Muslim Uighur minority in Xinjiang province.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack “in the strongest terms” and expressed hope “those responsible will be brought to justice,” Xinhua reported.