“According to initial police investigations… the attackers used knives to stab people at the station exit, and detonated explosives at the same time.” Imagine the horror. News reports, however, will almost certainly center on whether the Chinese claims that they face a terrorist threat are credible, and on the legitimate grievances of the Uighurs suffering under Chinese repression, and on the dangers of “Islamophobia.”
“Deadly China blast at Xinjiang railway station,” BBC, April 30 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Security personnel gather near the scene of an explosion outside the Urumqi South Railway Station in Urumqi in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region on 30 April 2014 Security was tight outside the station following the explosion
A bomb and knife attack at a railway station in China’s western Xinjiang region has killed three and injured 79 others, officials and state media say.
The attackers used explosives and knives at Urumqi’s south railway station on Wednesday, officials said.
The local government described it as a “violent terrorist attack” but said the situation was now under control.
China’s President Xi Jinping, who has just visited the region, has promised to step up “anti-terrorism” efforts.
President Xi urged “‘decisive actions’ against violent terrorist attacks” following the incident, Xinhua news agency said.
Verifying reports from the region is difficult because the flow of information out of Xinjiang is tightly controlled.
Xinjiang has seen a series of violent attacks in the past year. Beijing blames the violence on separatists from the mainly Muslim Uighur minority.
‘Debris and suitcases’
“At around 19:10 on 30 April, an explosion happened at the passenger exit of Urumqi South Station when Train K453 from Chengdu to Urumqi arrived at the station, causing casualties,” Xinjiang’s local government news portal said.
“According to initial police investigations… the attackers used knives to stab people at the station exit, and detonated explosives at the same time,” it said, adding that all the injured were receiving medical treatment.
Witnesses told Xinhua news agency that the explosion appeared to be centred around luggage left on the ground between a station exit and a bus stop….