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Three die, 79 injured in station attack in China's Xinjiang: Xinhua

Published on May 1, 2014 2:23 AM
Ambulances in front of the South Railway Station, where three people were killed and 79 wounded in a bomb and knife attack, in Urumqi in this still image taken from CCTV video shot on April 30, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) – Three people were killed and 79 wounded in a bomb and knife attack at a train station in the far western region of China on Wednesday, state media said, as President Xi Jinping was wrapping up a visit to the area.

Xi promised “decisive actions” against the “terrorists”behind the attack in Xinjiang, a region beset for years by violence the government blames on Islamist militants and separatists seeking an independent state called East Turkestan.

Quoting police, Xinhua news agency said “knife-wielding mobs slashed people” at an exit of the South Railway Station of Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang region, and set off explosives.

Pictures on China’s Twitter-like Weibo site showed blood on suitcases and debris on the ground in front of the station. Many posts carrying the images were later removed by censors.

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