Wounded In Knife Attack At Southern China Rail Station
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[May 06, 2014]
By Ben Blanchard
BEIJING (Reuters) - A single
knife-wielding assailant wounded six people on Tuesday in an attack at a
railway station in China's southern city of Guangzhou, police and state
media said, the latest of a series of assaults to raise jitters around
Police gave no reason for the attack, but China has grown
increasingly nervous about Islamic militancy since a car burst into
flames on the edge of Beijing's Tiananmen Square in October and 29
people were stabbed to death in March in the southwestern city of
The government blamed militants from the restive far western region
of Xinjiang for both those attacks. Resource-rich and strategically
located Xinjiang, on the borders of central Asia, has for years been
beset by violence blamed by the Chinese government on Islamist
Despite earlier reports on state media that up to four assailants
may have been involved, Guangzhou police said on their official
microblog that their initial probe found there was just a single
suspect. He had been shot and wounded.
"After verbal warnings were ineffective, police fired, hitting one
male suspect holding a knife, and subdued him," Guangzhou police
They did not identify the attacker.
Xinhua news agency said that the attacker had been hospitalized, and
that police were not immediately able to identify him as he had no
documents on him.
State television said that reports police had picked up another
suspect near the station were also wrong, and that a person who had
been detained had nothing to do with the case.
Provincial television showed pictures of what it said was an
apparently injured suspect being pressed to the ground by police and
plainclothes security officials, as they removed a bloodied white
It was not possible to see the person's face.
Speaking while on a visit to Hong Kong, U.S. Assistant Secretary of
State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel expressed
"horror, outrage and sympathy" at the attack.
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"We oppose terrorism in all forms, and in those instances where the
available information or the information shared by the Chinese
authorities pointed to terrorism by a group or individual, we have
condemned it as terrorism," he said.
China last week reacted angrily to U.S. criticism of the level of
cooperation from Beijing on fighting terrorism.
China blamed religious extremists for a bomb and knife attack last
Wednesday at a train station in Urumqi, the regional capital of
Xinjiang, that killed one bystander and wounded 79.
The government called the attackers "terrorists", a term it uses to
describe Islamist militants and separatists in Xinjiang who have
waged a sometimes violent campaign for an independent East Turkestan
Exiles and rights groups say the real cause of the unrest in
Xinjiang is China's heavy-handed policies, including curbs on Islam
and the culture and language of the Muslim Uighur people.
(Additional reporting by Li Hui and Michael Martina, and Greg Torode
in HONG KONG; Editing by Nick Macfie)
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