Three knife-wielding assailants ran into a chess hall and began stabbing at people in the Hetian prefecture of Xinjiang on Sunday, resulting two attackers’ deaths and the arrest of another.
The official website of local government (www.xjht.gov.cn) quoted information from the publicity department of Hetian that three knife-wielding men rushed into a chess and card room in Yingbin Road at around 5:45 p.m. Sunday and attacked people.
The civilians fought back and pressed an alarm bell. Hearing the bell, neighboring shop keepers and masses, with guard tools in hand, came to encircle the attackers, it said.
The motive for the attack is not yet clear, but authorities have been on high alert since a suicide bombing at an open market in Urumqi last month killed 39 people and injured 94 more.
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