Mass stabbing kills 28 in Chinese train station, five suspects killed

March 1, 2014 at 4:52 PM
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KUNMING, China, March 1 (UPI) -- Chinese authorities said at least 28 civilians were killed and 113 injured Saturday in a mass stabbing at a railway station in the southwest city of Kunming.

Officials called the attack, which began around 9 p.m., inside the busy Kunming Railway Station, a terrorist incident, saying it was pre-mediated, organized and vicious.

At least five of the knife-wielding suspects were killed by police but their identities were not confirmed, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported. A Xinhua reporter at the scene said several suspects were in custody.

More than 60 people were taken to hospitals for treatment of stab wounds, emergency officials said.

Last June, a terrorist attack in Lukqun Township in the Xinjiang Uyger Antonomus Region killed 24 people and injured 13.

"Why are the terrorists so cruel?" Chen Cuizhen, a 50-year-old woman who said her husband was killed in the train station attack, told Xinhua. "I found his ID card on his body. I can't believe he just left me."

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