Kunming train station stabbings: 3 attackers sentenced to death, one to life in prison

Defendants sit in front of police officers at a courtroom in Kunming City during the trial of four people accused of participating in an attack at a train station in southwestern China, in this still image taken from video on Sept 12, 2014. Thre
Defendants sit in front of police officers at a courtroom in Kunming City during the trial of four people accused of participating in an attack at a train station in southwestern China, in this still image taken from video on Sept 12, 2014. Three people were condemned to death on Friday and one given life in prison for a mass stabbing that killed 31 people in China, state media said, in an attack the authorities blamed on separatists from largely Muslim Xinjiang. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - Three people were condemned to death on Friday and one given life in prison for a mass stabbing that killed 31 people in China, state media said, in an attack the authorities blamed on separatists from largely Muslim Xinjiang.

The convictions and sentences were handed down on Friday by the Intermediate People's Court in Kunming, in the south-western province of Yunnan, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported.