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Kunming attack deliberately timed just before political season starts, observers say

Published on Mar 2, 2014 11:50 AM

The brazen knife attack in south-western Kunming is deliberately timed just before China’s political season kicks off, observers say.

The Chinese government has blamed Saturday’s incident on Xinjiang’s Uighur separatists and labelled it as a terror attack.

Reports said 29 were killed and 130 seriously injured in the assault by a group of knife-wielding attackers at a railway station in Kunming city on Saturday night.

It took place just days before China enters a political sensitive fortnight with the annual sessions of its national parliament and political advisory body taking place in the Chinese capital from Monday.

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