Shock and Mourning as China Absorbs the Full Horror of Islamist Train Station Stabbing Rampage

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Mourning: People turned out in their droves to lay candles for the 29 murdered in Kunming station

Mourners and volunteers descended on Kunming today after knife-wielding attackers killed 29 people in a frenzied rampage.

By Mia De Graaf and Dan Bloom and Kieran Corcoran

The killers, four of whom were shot by armed police, launched the horrific slaughter at Kunming railway station in Yunnan province at around 9pm local time yesterday.

“I saw two attackers, both men, one with a watermelon knife and the other with a fruit knife. They were running and chopping whoever they could.”

Distressing photos circulating online showed bodies, pools of blood and abandoned luggage scattered across the terminal floor in the wake of what authorities termed an ‘organised, premeditated, violent terrorist attack’.

More than 130 people were injured in the frenzied attack last night, which has left China shaken

More than 130 people were injured in the frenzied attack last night, which has left China shaken

It is a small step towards comprehending the atrocity as officials try to uncover who was behind it

It is a small step towards comprehending the atrocity as officials try to uncover who was behind it

Earlier, volunteers descended on the city’s hospitals in Yunnan province to give blood for the 130 wounded

Today, hospitals were filled with citizens giving blood as dozens remain in a critical state.

Outside, candles were laid in heart shapes as the nation absorbs the shock of the event.

It is believed that more than 10 people took part in the attack. As well as the four who were shot yesterday, one was taken alive. The rest are still being hunted.

According to CCTV, the Chinese state broadcaster, at least two of the attackers were female. One was killed by police and the other was the woman who was captured. She has been taken to hospital for treatment.

Within hours, officials had set up units for people to take blood tests before donating what they could

Within hours, officials had set up units for people to take blood tests before donating what they could

Aftermath: Pictures have emerged of the wounded bystanders being treated in hospital corridors earlier today

Xie Qiming (right) is a police officer who was on patrol when the attackers swarmed the station

Xie Qiming (right) is a police officer who was on patrol when the attackers swarmed the station

Probe: Police have cordoned off Kunming Railway Station in Yunnan province, one of the busiest in China in a city of six million people, after a gang of knife-wielding 'terror' attackers stabbed dozens of people

Probe: Police have cordoned off Kunming Railway Station in Yunnan province, one of the busiest in China in a city of six million people, after a gang of knife-wielding ‘terror’ attackers stabbed dozens of people

Horror: Photos shared on the Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo showed bodies strewn across the floor.

The death toll stands at 29 bystanders and four attackers who were shot dead by police.

Witnesses described assailants dressed in black charging through station, slashing indiscriminately with large knives and machetes.

Student Qiao Yunao, 16, was at the station and witnessed the carnage.

She said: ‘I was freaking out, and ran to a fast food store, and many people were running in there to take refuge.’

‘I saw two attackers, both men, one with a watermelon knife and the other with a fruit knife. They were running and chopping whoever they could.’

Today armed police were patrolling the railway station afternoon, which was open for business again.

Cleaners had begun disinfecting and cleaning the area while floral tributes were laid by passers by.

One, who laid a bunch of yellow lilies and gave her name only as Guo, said: ‘This is to express our condolences for the victims and to show we have no fear in the face of violence.’

This is the first time Uighurs have been blamed for an attack so large and far from their home. A suicide attack in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in October was also blamed on the group by authorities.

China denies suggestions by exiles and human rights groups that the unrest is driven more by unhappiness at government policies than by any serious threat from extremist groups, who want to establish an independent state called East Turkestan.

Police shot dead four of the unidentified attackers and were searching for around five others, according to state media.

Several suspects were contained by police and the station and surrounding roads were cordoned off.

Medics were still treating people and taking them to hospital hours after the attack, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency, which provided the number of people killed and injured.

An earlier estimate of 162 injuries which was reported by state media was reduced.

The death toll makes the attack one of the deadliest in recent Chinese history…Read the rest >>>

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