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Chinese cities gripped by fears after Kunming attack

Published on Mar 5, 2014 1:43 AM
 
This picture taken on March 2, 2014 shows Chinese mourners lighting candles at the scene of the terror attack at the main train station in Kunming, south-west China's Yunnan province. Residents in several major cities across China have been unnerved by wild rumours, spread via the Internet and instant chat messages, of a second wave of terror attacks targeting civilians. -- PHOTO: AFP

AS southwestern Kunming struggles to make sense of the horrific knife attack that left 29 people dead last Saturday, residents in several major cities across China have been unnerved by wild rumours, spread via the Internet and instant chat messages, of a second wave of terror attacks targeting civilians.

The rumours ranged from speculation that five groups of suspected terrorists were on the prowl to unsubstantiated reports of fresh knife attacks in the western city of Chengdu.

The intense online buzz prompted several state media outlets to issue reports dispelling the rampant rumours, such as one involving the arrest of two "terrorists" at an airport in Xiamen, a coastal city in the east.

China's national crime prevention office also took the unusual move of issuing a public appeal for calm on Tuesday, writing on its its official microblog account: "Please don't spread rumours and cause unnecessary panic."

 
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