THE UIGHURS OF XINJIANG ARE AN ETHNIC MUSLIM MINORITY.
For years, many Uighurs and other smaller Muslim minorities in Xinjiang have agitated against China’s authoritarian government. Their protests are a reaction, Uighur groups say, to oppressive official policies, religious restrictions and widespread discrimination.
The Wall Street Journal
China Pays Tribute to Victims of Kunming Knife Attack
A makeshift memorial of candles was arranged in a heart shape around the numerals 3-01, for the March 1 date of the attack that resulted in 33 people killed at a train station in Kunming.
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The Wall Street Journal
Xinjiang Separatists Said to Be Behind Attack at Train Station
More Than 10 Assailants With Knives Stormed Kunming Station
BEIJING—A mass knife attack at a train station that left 33 dead over the weekend signaled Chinese authorities are facing a significant escalation of a long-simmering separatist movement.
Saturday’s assault marked the second time in a little over four months that Chinese authorities say separatists from the Xinjiang region—which borders Pakistan, Afghanistan and former Soviet Central Asia—have carried out a relatively complex and carefully planned attack outside their home territory.
At least 10 assailants armed with long knives and dressed in black stormed through a crowded train station Saturday night in the southwestern city of Kunming, slashing people at random, according to state media. Police shot and killed four assailants, arrested one, and were searching for five others, state media said. Thirty-three died, including the attackers, and at least 130 were injured.
It was the deadliest attack ever attributed to Xinjiang separatists outside their home territory and marks a departure in tactics.
Targets in the past have usually been police, paramilitary barracks and other symbols of Chinese government authority, and attacks have mainly been staged inside Xinjiang.
The scale and relative sophistication of the Kunming attack poses a test for President Xi Jinping and the new commission he established to improve coordination among security agencies, which often have conflicting agendas and compete for resources, according to Chinese security analysts.
“This attack in Kunming was not something that could have been planned in one or two months,” said Li Wei, director of the Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations.
The attacks in Beijing and Kunming—although still relatively crude, without firearms or explosives—suggest that some separatists are becoming more radical and better-organized, according to Mr. Li and other Chinese experts on security and Xinjiang.
Reports that the attackers all wore black suggested that they were organized and trying to maximize psychological impact, said Mr. Li. The reported involvement of women in the Beijing and Kunming attacks also showed that separatist groups were no longer only recruiting men, he said.
TERROR AND DEATH AT KUNMING RAILWAY STATION!
Kunming, about 1,300 miles southwest of Beijing, is a bustling university town and major commercial hub on trade routes linking southern China to neighbouring Vietnam.
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33 Dead, 130 Injured in China Knife-Wielding Spree
A group of knife-wielding men attacked a train station in southwestern China on Saturday, killing at least 29 people and injuring more than 130 others in what Chinese officials called a terrorist strike, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
Four of the attackers were also shot dead and only one was captured alive after the mayhem, which broke out about 9 p.m. (8 a.m. ET) at the Kunming Railway Station in the capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province.
The Kunming government said the “serious violent terrorist attack was planned and organized by Xinjiang separatist forces,” Xinhua reported.
Video: China Train Station Mass Stabbing Train Station Knife Attack
Video: China Train Station Knife Attack At least 28 Dead, 113 Wounded in Mass Stabbing
BEIJING (AFP) – Separatists from China’s northwest region of Xinjiang orchestrated the attack on a train station which left 29 dead, the Xinhua news agency reported Sunday, quoting the city government.
It said evidence from the scene of the attack late Saturday in Kunming by a group of knife-wielding people pointed to separatists from Xinjiang, a vast region home to the mostly-Muslim Uighur minority.
02 March 2014| last updated at 08:25AM
Mass stabbing at China rail station leaves 28 dead in ‘terrorist attack’
BEIJING: A mass stabbing at a Chinese train station late Saturday left 28 people dead and 113 injured in a “violent terrorist attack”, state media said.
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