RAILWAY ATTACK: 28 Dead After Knife Attacks In China
(CNN) — At least 28 people were killed and 113 wounded when a group of people armed with knives stormed a railway station in the southwest Chinese city of Kunming, authorities said, according to state news agency Xinhua.
It was an organized, premeditated terrorist attack, authorities told the news agency. Five suspects were reported dead, according to authorities.
No motive has been provided. Chinese President Xi Jinping “urged the law enforcement to investigate and solve the case and punish the terrorists in accordance with the law,” according to Xinhua.
Yang Haifei, a resident of Yunnan, told Xinhua he was buying a ticket when a group of people, most of them in black, rushed into the station and started attacking others.
“I saw a person come straight at me with a long knife and I ran away with everyone,” he said, adding that people who were slower were severely injured. “They just fell on the ground.”
He said he sustained injuries to his chest and back.
The news agency reported that several suspects had been apprehended, and questioning at the site continued.
Doctors were seen transporting injured people to a hospital, the news agency reported.
A doctor with Kunming No.1 People’s Hospital told Xinhua over the phone they’re not sure of the number of casualties.
Xinhua said the Kunming railway station is one of the largest stations in southwest China.
The news agency quoted a 50-year-old woman whose older husband was among those killed.
“Why are the terrorists so cruel?” said Chen Guizhen, holding her husband’s bloodied ID card.