05/06/2014, 00.00
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China, attack at Guangzhou station: six wounded

The police shot one of the attackers, all armed with knives and sharp weapons. No details on motive. Episode follows attacks at Urumqi and Kunming stations, government accuses Xinjiang separatists for both.

Guangzhou ( AsiaNews / Agencies ) - At least six people were injured this morning in a train station in Guangzhou (southern province of Guangdong) by a group of men armed with knives. The police shot one of the attackers, according to information provided the city's public security bureau. At the moment there are no details on what happened, nor the reasons for the attack , which took place five days after the attack on the Urumqi train station, in the western region of Xinjiang.

A picture published on the website of People's Daily shows a crowd of people evacuated and an ambulance at the scene. The six injured were taken to hospital for further treatment and investigations are still ongoing.

This is the third attack in a train station in the country, after the ones in Kunming and Urumqi. Beijing considers the separatists in Xinjiang -  home to the Uyghur, an ethnic Turkic speaking peoples who profess Islam - responsible for both.

The province is one of the most turbulent in all of China: The Uyghurs have always tried to gain independence from Beijing, who in turn have sent in the millions of Han Chinese to try to make them the dominant ethnic group . In addition, the central government imposes severe restrictions on religious freedom, the practice of Islam, the teaching of the local language and culture.

 

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