As we reported yesterday, six people were injured and at least one suspect has been shot dead following yet another knife-rampage in a major Chinese rail station. The attack occurred at around 11:30 on Tuesday morning when four men “carrying knives and dressed entirely in white,” began stabbing passersby.
Rumors are adrift that “one of the injured was a middle-aged Westerner,” but this has not been independently confirmed, and Guangzhou police are denying it. According to the China Daily:
Ni Zhiquan, who also witnessed the stabbings, said a foreigner in his 50s was also injured.
“I saw the white man, who had grey hair, cover his right arm, which was bleeding, and run away,” said Ni, who is from Sichuan province.
At least four of the victims were brought to the General Hospital of Guangzhou Military Command, where they received surgery and are now in stable condition.
The attackers were wearing white t-shirts and “caps,” and stabbed passengers who were arriving on a train from Kunming. Initial reports indicated that the attackers were on-board the Kunming train, but it now appears as though they were waiting at the station’s exit. One attacker was shot dead at the scene, but another was only wounded and is now in police custody.
The captured suspect “was not carrying an identity card and his identity has yet to be confirmed,” according to authorities, but there is a very good chance that authorities would be hesitant to release the man’s identity even if they knew it.
This video, by The Guardian, features a man who was on the scene of the attack and who recounts the attackers’ and police actions:
Xinhua has been reluctant to drop T-bomb in response to the incident, preferring “violent attack,” to “terrorism.” The American Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Donald Russel, expressed “horror, outrage and sympathy” concerning the attack. There is much speculation about whether the recent string of mass stabbings in train stations are part of an orchestrated system of attacks, or if they are simply copying one another without any greater guidance.