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Kunming station attack risks driving ethnic wedge deeper

Published on Mar 3, 2014 9:26 PM
 
The Dashuying area, which is known as the Xinjiang village given its sizeable population of Uighurs, has become quieter as Han locals and Uighurs avoid coming out and more police vehicles are parked along the street. Police swept a Uighur district of the Chinese city of Kunming hours after knife-wielding assailants killed 29 people in a crowded station, underscoring the risk of ethnic tension spilling over from the remote Xinjiang region. -- ST PHOTO: KOR KIAN BENG

KUNMING/BEIJING (REUTERS) - Police swept a Uighur district of the Chinese city of Kunming hours after knife-wielding assailants killed 29 people in a crowded station, underscoring the risk of ethnic tension spilling over from the remote Xinjiang region.

China has vowed to crack down on what it says are militants bent on transforming Xinjiang into an independent state called East Turkestan, but it has also emphasised ethnic unity after what it described as a terrorist attack on Saturday.

The Xinhua news agency said a "terrorist gang of eight members", with a leader identified as Abdurehim Kurban, was responsible for the attack.

State television said earlier a female suspect was wounded and captured in the attack. The official Xinhua news agency reported on Monday that three suspects, including another woman, had been caught. Four were shot dead.

 
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