“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.