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Dozens injured, 3 killed in Xinjiang railway attack
April 30, 2014, 6:40 pm

File photo of Chinese security personnel patrolling the restive region of Xinjiang where Uighur separatists say they want their own state [Getty Images]

File photo of Chinese security personnel patrolling the restive region of Xinjiang where Uighur separatists say they want their own state [Getty Images]


Police authorities in the Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uyguyr Autonomous Region in northwest China have said that at least three people were killed and 79 injured in a terrorist attack at the city’s train station.

The department of the regional committee of the Communist Party of China issued a statement saying that knife-wielding mobs slashed people at the exit of the station before setting off explosives at around 7pm local time.

The local government says the train resumed normal activities after all injured were transferred to hospitals. Four of the injured are in critical condition.

The attack came a day after Chinese President Xi Jinping ended his tour of the province. On Tuesday, he said the government would do more to fight terrorism in the region, but he also strongly backed initiatives to integrate the Uighur Muslim population.

After the attack and blasts on late Wednesday, Xi said: “The battle to combat violence and terrorism will not allow even a moment of slackness, and decisive actions must be taken to resolutely suppress the terrorists’ rampant momentum.”

The attack on Wednesday night appears to be similar to the March 1 terrorist killing of 29 people and injuring of another 130 at a train terminal in southwest China’ s Kunming City.

The authorities at the time accused ‘Xinjiang Uighur separatists’ with ties to foreign terror networks of the attack.

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