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Three dead in China knife attack, terror ruled out: official

Published on Mar 14, 2014 3:41 PM
 
Police stand guard in front of local residents near a crime site on a street in Changsha, Hunan Province, March 14, 2014. Attackers armed with knives killed three people in China Friday, an official said, ruling out terrorism two weeks after a mass stabbing blamed on Xinjiang militants left 29 people dead and stunned the nation. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING 2014 (AFP) - Attackers armed with knives killed three people in China Friday, an official said, ruling out terrorism two weeks after a mass stabbing blamed on Xinjiang militants left 29 people dead and stunned the nation.

"Three people died," an official in Changsha, the capital of central Hunan province, told AFP by phone. "I can assure you it's not a terror attack. It happened in a market due to some dispute."

After an argument between two vendors from China's far-west Xinjiang region, one man stabbed the second, then attacked other people, killing three bystanders and seriously wounding two more before running away, the Hunan Evening News reported.

Another assailant was shot dead by police, and two more people - including one woman - have been detained, the paper added.

 
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