Date
15 December 2017
Police detain a suspect in a knife attack at Guangzhou Railway Station Tuesday. Photo: Reuters
Police detain a suspect in a knife attack at Guangzhou Railway Station Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

6 injured in knife attack at Guangzhou Railway Station

Six people were injured in a knife attack at Guangzhou Railway Station Tuesday, the third attack on civilians at train stations in two months, Apple Daily reported Wednesday, citing police and witnesses.

Police said a man attacked train passengers in the station’s square at around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Police responded with a verbal warning, but then shot and arrested one male suspect when he did not stop, the report said.

Guangzhou media reported that four Uygurs from Xinjiang may have been involved but city police said their initial inquiries pointed to a single suspect. 

A witness told Apple Daily that a 165 cm tall man ran amok in the crowd with a knife, wounding two women in the neck and one man in the arm.

Police gave no reason for the attack, but China has grown increasingly nervous about Islamist militancy since a car burst into flames on the edge of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in October last year and 29 people were stabbed to death in March in Kunming, Yunnan.

The government blamed militants from Xinjiang for both those attacks, and branded them “terrorists”, a term it uses to describe Islamist militants and separatists in Xinjiang who have waged violent campaign sometimes for an independence.

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