A rampaging gang of knife-wielding ethnic separatists in a railway station in southwest China has left at least 33 people dead and prompted warnings of similar attacks due to the failure of China's policies towards minority groups.
At least 140 people were left with serious injuries after a gang of more than 10 people dressed in black and armed with long knives burst into the busy station at about 9.20pm on Saturday and began indiscriminately chopping ordinary travelers.
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Eyewitnesses who spoke to the FT said the authorities appeared unprepared and disorganized in their response to the slaughter and that the attacks continued throughout the station even after police had shot dead at least four of the assailants.
"I was caught among the crowds trying to escape but there wasn't really anywhere to hide because the attackers were spread out through the whole railway station in each level of the building," said one traumatized female witness who asked not to be identified. "They were butchering everyone they saw, including kids and the elderly."