Twenty-nine people have been confirmed dead and at least 130 wounded in a Xinjiang separatist attack on random individuals at Kunming Railway Station on Saturday, at around 9 p.m.
Xinhua News referenced governmental authorities’ description of the rampage as “an organized, premeditated violent terrorist attack.” Victims of the attack, such as Yang Haifei, described the attackers as dressed mostly in black and wielding long knifes. The BBC also reports that at least four suspected terrorists were shot dead by police, while a female suspect is now under arrest. Five additional suspects are said to be on the loose.
Li Sheng, a Xinjiang scholar from the China Academy of Sciences, attributes the attack to East Turkestan political forces, eager to realize “terrorist attacks at major national events like the National People’s Congress [because it] can broaden their influence.” The terrorist attack comes at an especially sensitive time for the Chinese government as this Wednesday Beijing opens its yearly parliament meeting, traditionally a time for increased governmental censorship.
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By Sophia Solivio
[Image via news.qq.com]