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China's President Xi vows 'decisive actions' after Xinjiang attack

Published on May 1, 2014 12:47 PM
China's President Xi Jinping speaking at a police station in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous region, on April 28, 2014, just days before the deadly attack on an Urumqi rail station. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered a crackdown after a stabbing spree and explosion at a railway station in the restive Muslim-majority region of Xinjiang left three people dead and 79 wounded, state media said on Thursday.

The violence came as Mr Xi was wrapping up what state media characterised as an "inspection tour" of the volatile region in China's far west, during which he had called for a "strike-first" strategy to fight terrorism.

"The battle to combat violence and terrorism will not allow even a moment of slackness, and decisive actions must be taken to resolutely suppress the terrorists' rampant momentum," Mr Xi said in comments published early on Thursday by the official Xinhua news agency.

Xinhua earlier said attackers slashed people with knives and set off explosives at the southern railway station in Xinjiang's capital Urumqi on Wednesday evening.

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