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China vows to punish deadly station rampage, blames separatists

Published on Mar 3, 2014 6:31 AM
Chinese armed police patrol the scene of the terror attack at the main train station in Kunming, Yunnan Province on March 2, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

KUNMING, China (AFP) - China on Sunday promised tough punishment for knife-wielding attackers who killed 29 people in an unprecedented train station rampage, blaming separatists from Xinjiang, as witnesses described a city in shock.

Victims spoke of black-clad attackers slashing indiscriminately as people queued to buy tickets late on Saturday at Kunming station, in an incident that lasted about half an hour.

More than 130 were wounded in the attack in the city in the south-western province of Yunnan, prompting shock and outrage nationwide.

Police shot dead at least four attackers, arrested one and were hunting for more, said the official Xinhua news agency, which in a commentary called the incident "China's 9/11" and a "severe crime against the humanity".

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