Police shot and killed four people, arrested one on the scene, and arrested three more in Kunming following the coordinated knife attacks in a train station on Saturday night. The four killed on-scene were men, and two men and two women have been arrested and are in police custody.
Authorities are tagging a man named Abdurehim Kurban as the mastermind of the attacks, and have linked him to the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), a UN-classified terrorist group. Info on Abdurehim Kurban is pretty sparse, but likely won’t be for long. The East Turkestan Islamic Movement was also tied to the weird family car-attack in Tiananmen Square in November, and to various acts of unrest in Xinjiang. Reuters reports:
Police found banners bearing slogans for an independent East Turkestan near the scene of Saturday’s attack, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said at a briefing on Monday.
The East Turkestan Islamic Movement – which claimed responsibility for the Tiananmen incident – is a major separatist force, the official Xinhua news agency said. The ETIM is listed by the U.N. Security Council as a terrorist group. […]
Experts say militant ideology does in part fuel the violence, but the level of organization has long been disputed.
Xi Jinping has vowed “punishment” for the attackers, and then instinctively defaulted into meaningless CCP dogma, telling authorities to “be fully aware of the grave and complex anti-terrorism situation and strengthen bottomline thinking,” because topline thinking will never get work done.
Details are still coming through with this story; as of right now, 4 dead/4 arrested seems to be the common consensus, but early reports stated that “more than 10” attackers were involved. Death and injury tolls are shifting as well and, other than Abdurehim Kurban, no names have been released. Kurban is quite a mystery too, but hopefully we will have a clearer picture of him soon.
[Image of knife used in attack via China Daily]