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Kunming railway station attack

On March 1, 2014, dozens of commuters were killed and more than a hundred others injured when a gang of knife-wielding attackers rampaged through Kunming railway station in Yunnan province, China. Authorities blamed "separatist forces from Xinjiang" for the deadly attack. Four of the alleged assailants were shot dead by police at the scene.

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KUNMING ATTACK

SWAT team leader 'gunned down five Kunming terrorists in 15 seconds'

SWAT team leader says he killed four attackers with automatic rifle after they ignored warnings

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 March, 2014, 12:33pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 March, 2014, 2:31am

The SWAT team leader sent to a Kunming train station as knife-wielding attackers hacked passengers to death said he shot five of the suspects in 15 seconds, preventing more bloodshed.

After firing two warning shots, the officer shot a masked woman who lunged at him with a knife, before rapidly shooting another four of the attackers, the Legal Daily newspaper reported.

Officials have blamed Uygur separatists from Xinjiang for Saturday night's attack, which killed 29 victims and wounded another 143. Four of the attackers were killed and one woman suspect was wounded.

Watch: SWAT team leader recounts brush with death 

 

I didn't have time to think, I shot them as fast as I could
SWAT team leader at Kunming railway station

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the authorities said separatist group flags were found at the scene.

Rebiya Kadeer, the President of the World Uyghur Congress, an exile group, has urged Beijing to respond calmly to the attack in the country's southwest and not "demonise" Uygurs.

Yunnan's Communist Party chief, Qin Guangrong, said an arrested woman suspect had recovered consciousness and confessed to her crime, the People's Daily reported on its official Sina Weibo account.

The entire attack at the railway station lasted for about 25 minutes.

Xinhua reported that the attackers - eight in total - may have received training beforehand as they appeared to be expert at handling knives.

Police said on Monday they had captured three suspects and identified Abdurehim Kurban as their alleged leader.

Citing sources close to the police, the financial news outlet Caixin reported that the three captured later were suspected of providing support to the accused attackers.

State television said the SWAT team arrived 10 minutes after the attack had started.

Crowds were fleeing and the attackers were randomly stabbing and slashing at passengers at the station.

The leader of the team - the only member with an automatic rifle - fired warning shots, but the attackers continued to advance, he said.

Leading the pack running towards him was a woman assailant wearing a burqa-like black mask. When she was almost upon him the officer shot her.

"The closest one to me was less than two metres [away]. If I hesitated for one more second, I would be dead now," he said.

The other four assailants did not back down.

"I didn't have time to think, I shot them as fast as I could," he said. "After I shot all five, the first one, also the nearest to me, stood up again and threw a knife at me. Luckily I tilted my head."

Additional reporting by Reuters

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amunro
I'm sure that one or two of the five were terrorists.
saiyajin
Wow ... "great" comments below. Fabulous examples of setting up "straw men" & diverting attention as to who & from where did these culprits came from other than just the run-of-the-mill "Xinjiang separatists"
cleareye
Chinese blood indeed is cheap. Amid such tragedy most comments herein are filled with only sarcasm, no sympathy, no condolences. Are we Hongkies so far above them all?
xiesm0816@gmail.com
I can't image such thing could happen in China.
HiggsSinglet
Wow!! Send this super dude to the Talibs or the Mexican Cartel as demo unit!!!
As far as SCMP, they are becoming a mouth piece of their nationalist northern masters!! Sad!!
jiawang@adb.org
Die 5-6 "terrorists" killed 29 victims and wounded another 143 with only knives?
How did they do that?
Did the Chinese SWAT leader killed "5 Kunming terrorists" with automatic rifle in 15 seconds? Wow! Amazing! Japan better watch out.
ann.wei.121
You are just a messenger for the State-run agency. Why not just say 5 persons in 5 seconds instead of 15 ? it would have made the Chinese SWAT team the top of the world.
recanter
These guys train several hours a day with Call of Duty, Battle Field 4 and Counter Strike among other combat simulations.
ubifrancehk
OK, 30 people died and now all SCMP is doing is to repeat news from Chinese official media (CCTV, Xinhua) and praise the efficiency of Chinese SWAT... You are lucky I read Chinese very slowly. Otherwise, I would have switched to Ming Pao a long time ago...
lucifer
I suppose he ran up a wall and fired his gun while flying through the air as well....Sad, nothing from the Mainland media is believable and of course it took one of the Mainland journalists to repeat it on the SCMP as if it were actually proper news.

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