A MASS STABBING at a train station in China today which left 27 people dead and 109 injured was a “violent terrorist attack”, state media have said.
Victims described knife-wielding attackers dressed in black bursting into Kunming railway station and slashing indiscriminately.
The incident “was an organised, premeditated violent terrorist attack” carried out by “unidentified knife-wielding people”, the official news agency Xinhua said, citing authorities.
Police shot dead a number of the perpetrators at the train station in southwestern Yunnan province, according to posts by local television station K6 on its official Sina Weibo account, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.
A victim named Yang Haifei, who was wounded in the chest and back, told Xinhua that he had been buying a train ticket when the attackers approached and he had tried to escape with the crowd.
“I saw a person come straight at me with a long knife and I ran away with everyone,” he said, while others “simply fell on the ground”.
Some who had escaped were desperately looking for missing loved ones.
“I can’t find my husband, and his phone went unanswered,” Yang Ziqing was quoted by Xinhua as saying.
She said she had been waiting for her train to Shanghai “when a knife-wielding man suddenly came at them”.
Officers sealed off a wide area around the station, it added, while Xinhua said police still questioning people at the site.
The attackers were dressed in similar black clothing, the official China News Service said, citing eyewitnesses.
“A group of men carrying weapons burst into the train station plaza and the ticket hall, stabbing whoever they saw,” it said.