6 Hurt in Latest Knife Attack at Chinese Station

Third in recent months; motive unclear
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2014 1:33 AM CDT
6 Hurt in Latest Knife Attack at Chinese Station
In this photo taken by a mobile phone, a suspected assailant is taken away after being subdued in an attack at a railway station in Guangzhou in south China's Guangdong province, Tuesday May 6, 2014.   (AP Photo)

China has been hit with yet another train-station slashing, with multiple attackers wounding six people this morning. It's the third such incident in less than three months, the AP notes; just last week, three were killed at a station in Xinjiang province. Neither the attackers nor their cause has been identified in the latest brutality, but Reuters notes that there were at least two of them, and possibly four. The violence occurred at a train station in Guangdong, capital of the Guangzhou province, where police arrived with the attack under way. "After verbal warnings were ineffective, police fired, hitting one male suspect holding a knife, and subdued him," police said.

Police caught another suspect as he tried to escape, according to an official news daily. One victim was critically wounded, police say. The attackers were dressed in white, with white hats; their knives were 20 inches long, said a local report, via Reuters. A store owner offered an eyewitness account: The attackers, he said, crouched on the ground for two hours near the shop as they covered their bags in clothes. Suddenly, they pulled knives from the bags and, with a yell, started hacking at victims. Recent similar attacks have been blamed on extremists in the far west of China, the AP notes. (More China stories.)

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