Twenty-seven medical experts have been dispatched to Kunming to treat injured victims of the attack at a Kunming train station on Saturday night in which 29 people were killed and hundreds more wounded by knife-wielding assailants.
Victims who were at the scene say that the assailants, some with masks, suddenly appeared in the station with long knives and were stabbing people indiscriminately.
One victim recalls: “I was taking care of my luggage while my classmates went to buy the tickets. Suddenly, several people rushed in and started stabbing passengers. I quickly ran to a nearby a police station and hid inside. I was taken to a hospital by bus after the attackers were shot dead.”
City officials have described the stabbing spree as an “organized terrorist attack” carried out by “Xinjiang separatists” although it has not been confirmed who the assailants are.
Last night, hundreds of people gathered at Kunming Railway Stations, one of China’s busiest train stations, to hold a candlelit vigil mourning the victims who were killed in the bloodshed.
“We condemn all kinds of terrorits acts, especially those targeting civilians in a multi-ethnic city like Kunming,” resident Wu Bo told SCMP.
“We came here voluntarily, to express our condolences. We are very sad and angry. Its too sudden, we never seen anything like it before,” he said.
“We were never told why there was so much unrest there,” another resident in attendance said.
“Did our government treat the Xinjiang locals as brutal as the way they treated us? What did our government do there to attract that much anger?” He asked.
Previously on Shanghaiist: News of Kunming attack absent from some of China’s front pages
[Video via China View]