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"I saw the attacker hacking away at my husband's forehead": Survivor of Kunming attack

Published on Mar 3, 2014 3:12 PM

Madam Chen Guizhen was at the waiting area of the Kunming railway station last Saturday night when a man standing on her left suddenly fell to the ground amid shouts that people were being slashed.

The next moment, a man seated on her right whipped out a long knife. And before she could react, another knife-wielding man clad in black was chopping at people around him.

Madam Chen, 50, quickly tried to wake her husband Xiong Wengong, 59, who was taking a nap on a bench next to her, before she ran for her life.

"As I ran, I turned back and saw the attacker hacking away at my husband's forehead several times while he was trying to put on his shoes," Madam Chen recounted in tears.

Madam Chen Guizhen, 50, speaking to The Straits Times from her hospital bed in Kunming on March 3. She witnessed her husband being hacked to death by assailants at a train station on March 1. The Chinese government has labelled the incident a terror attack perpetrated by Uighur separatists from the restive Xinjiang region in China’s far west. At least 29 people were killed and more than 130 injured in the attack. -- ST PHOTO: KOR KIAN BENG
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