Kunming station attack suspects captured

2014-03-03 16:46
Armed policemen and paramilitary policemen patrol a street near the Kunming Railway Station, where more than 10 assailants slashed scores of people with knives. (Alexander F Yuan, AP)

Armed policemen and paramilitary policemen patrol a street near the Kunming Railway Station, where more than 10 assailants slashed scores of people with knives. (Alexander F Yuan, AP)

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Beijing - Chinese police have caught three suspects in a railway station attack that left 29 people dead and 143 injured, state media said Monday.

"Three suspects involved in the terrorist attack in the southwestern city of Kunming had been captured," the official news agency Xinhua said, citing the ministry of public security.

Altogether eight members of a "terrorist gang" carried out the stabbing spree late on Saturday, it said.

Four were shot dead by police at the time and a wounded woman was captured at the scene, it continued, naming their leader as Abdurehim Kurban.

China has blamed separatists from its restive far-western region of Xinjiang - home to the mainly Muslim Uighur minority - for what it describes as an act of terror, with state media dubbing the incident "China's 9/11".

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