Dozens killed in China knife attack

Group of knife-wielding men attack trainstation in Kunming, south-western China

Police patrol on a street after a group of armed men attacked people at Kunming railway station, Yunnan province. Photograph: Wong Campion/Reuters

Police patrol on a street after a group of armed men attacked people at Kunming railway station, Yunnan province. Photograph: Wong Campion/Reuters

Sat, Mar 1, 2014, 18:08

At least 27 people have been killed and 109 injured after a group of knife-wielding men attacked a train station in south-western China, according to the country’s official news agency.

Xinhua News Agency did not provide more details about the attack at the Kunming Railway Station in Yunnan province, and the attackers were not identified. Kunming city police did not have immediate information to release.

Local TV station K6 said that several of the attackers were shot by police and that victims were being transported to local hospitals.

Photos circulating online showed scattered luggage and bodies lying on the floor in blood.

The motive behind the attack was not immediately clear, but China has seen a number of mass stabbings and other attacks carried out by people bearing grudges against society.