Date
24 November 2017
Blood is left on the ground after a knife attack at Kunming train station on March 1 last year. Photo: Reuters
Blood is left on the ground after a knife attack at Kunming train station on March 1 last year. Photo: Reuters

China executes trio in Kunming knife attack that killed 31

China executed three Muslim separatists Tuesday for their role in an attack that killed 31 people at a train station in Yunnan province a year ago, Reuters reported.

The government said the attack, in the city of Kunming, was carried out by knife-wielding separatists from the restive region of Xinjiang.

The three men who were executed — Iskandar Ehet, Turgun Tohtunyaz and Hasayn Muhammad — were sentenced to death in September after being convicted of homicide and leading a terrorist organization, the Kunming Intermediate People’s Court said.

A higher court later upheld the sentence, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Police shot four other assailants dead during the knife attack, which injured 141 people on March 1 last year.

A female attacker, Patigul Tohti, who was pregnant when she was arrested, received a life sentence, Xinhua said.

Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uighur minority group, has been plagued by unrest in recent years.

Some Uighurs are distressed by Chinese restrictions on their culture and religion.

Rights groups have expressed concern about executions and mass sentencings carried out regularly since an upswing in violence blamed on Xinjiang militants took place last year, Reuters said.

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