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China policeman recounts how he shot five of the Kunming attackers

Published on Mar 4, 2014 5:21 PM
Chinese paramilitary police patrol outside the scene of the terror attack at the main train station in Kunming, Yunnan Province, on March 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese state television on Tuesday broadcast an interview with a police officer said to have shot five knife-wielding thugs who killed and injured scores of people in a railway station attack.

The unnamed officer, whose face was not shown, said it took him 15 seconds to shoot the five attackers, four of them fatally, during the assault on Saturday night in the south-western city of Kunming.

China has blamed separatists from its restive far-western region of Xinjiang - home to the mainly Muslim Uighur minority - for killing 29 people and injuring 143 in what it describes as an act of terrorism, with state media dubbing it "China's 9-11".

The policeman, who leads a four-member emergency response team but was "the only one to carry an automatic rifle", arrived at the scene 10 minutes after the stabbing started, he told state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV).

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