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Kunming attack should not be an ethnic issue: Chinese official

Published on Mar 6, 2014 1:05 PM

BEIJING (Reuters) - A deadly knife attack at a Chinese train station last week should not be linked to ethnicity, a senior government official said, days after the authorities blamed the incident on separatists from the country's troubled far western region of Xinjiang.

China says militants from Xinjiang, home to a large Muslim Uighur minority, launched a "terrorist" attack in the south-western city of Kunming, killing at least 29 people and injuring about 140.

It was one of the worst bouts of violence to spill out of the restive region, where more than 100 people, including several policemen, have been killed in unrest since last April.

Fear and resentment between majority Han Chinese and Uighurs have spread after the attack, said Mr Zhu Weiqun, the chairman of the ethnic and religious affairs panel of the top advisory body to Parliament, which meets this week in Beijing.

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