Assailants With Knives Kill Dozens in China Massacre
Assailants With Knives Kill Dozens in China Massacre

Over 10 assailants, all clad in black, masterminded a brutal assault on commuters at a crowded train terminal in Kunming City, southern China, on Saturday. The frenzied men slashed at and drove their long knives into dozens of victims, killing 29 and injuring over 140, according to Chinese state media. 

Official media channels quickly reported that the attackers were Uyghur muslims, from the far western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and that they were terrorists who sought to split China.

Netizens who were at the scene used their cell phones to capture images of dead bodies, prone on the ground; other images showed pools and spatters of blood after the attackers had done their grim work. 

“Xinjiang separatist elements singlehandedly planned the incident,” announced People’s Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party. It was not clear how People’s Daily knew who planned the incident, within hours of it taking place.

Four assailants were shot dead at the scene by police, while one female participant was injured and arrested, state media said. Police are still hunting for the others, according to China Central Television (CCTV). 

Xi Jinping, the head of the Communist Party, gave immediate instructions to “severely punish the violent terrorists” and “put full efforts” into investigating the Kunming incident. 

The Communist Party’s Politics and Legal Affairs Committee, which controls the security apparatus, also defined the incident as an organized terrorist attack, orchestrated by Muslim Uyghurs from Xinjiang. It said that the attackers should be punished severely. No group has stepped forward to claim responsibility for the attack.

The Party moved quickly to ensure that the only initial reporting of the incident came from Xinhua, the official mouthpiece of the regime. Independent evidence on who was behind the attack has not been obtained or evaluated. 

“Who’s the arrested person? Is she a Uyghur separatist? What’s behind the attackers?” asked Hua Po, a political commentator based in Beijing, speaking with New Tang Dynasty Television. “We can’t get information [from Chinese reports] other than what the authorities said… The issue would be simple if they are Uyghur separatists. If they are others, the issue could be even worse and more complicated.”

Some Chinese journalists are unsatisfied with the official response so far. “The authorities never tell you what really happened. They just want you to hate blindly, fear inexplicably, live in confusion, and die for nothing,” said Luo Changping, deputy editor of the Chinese business magazine Caijing, writing on Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like social media platform. 

Piao Baoyi, a media veteran in China, said he received notice on midnight of March 1, the day of the attack, that all reports must “strictly follow Xinhua’s reporting or local official information. No big headlines, no pictures.” 

Liang Jian, director of City Times, a local newspaper in Kunming, also noted online that: “Sorry, we probably don’t need to wait for the morning news press anymore. All the journalists waiting outside of Kunming Public Security Bureau are leaving now.” This was because Xinhua was to be the sole source of information, and the journalists’ jobs were unnecessary.

The violence in Kunming took place at a sensitive time in China: major political meetings are set to begin in Beijing this week, with Party head Xi Jinping giving an address about the regime’s work over the last year. The anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre is only months away, and some in and outside China are already agitating for it to be properly memorialized. And the Party appears to be slowly making public its intention to take stern action against Zhou Yongkang, the former security czar and one of the top-ranked members of the Chinese Communist Party. Following the attacks, a notice appeared on what purported to be a semi-official website, announcing a notice about Zhou. 

The massacre on Saturday would constitute the second recent violent incident attributed to Uyghurs recently. 

Last October a jeep crashed and exploded at the Tiananmen Gate in Beijing, killing five people, including three people in the vehicle. Later, the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, a Turkistan Islamic Party, is said to have claimed responsibility, though experts questioned its organizational capacity. 

  • takawalk

    Random killing has always been a part of reality in this world. I wonder who benefits from this.

    • Richard M

      These are the same Jihadi barbarians that slaughter students in Nigerian schools, and cannibalize those they kill in Syria. They don’t calculate cost and benefit. They just love to kill rape, torture, etc.

      China will not play the political correctness game that Western politicians do. If you’ve never googled Muslim rebellions in China, you may find it edifying.

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  • JP boi

    Very disturbing. Completely barbaric and horrific.

    • NobleSpirit

      Yes its barbaric and its proudly staged by Chinese government to justify further oppression and genocide against natives of invaded lands by china.

  • NobleSpirit

    Another deceptive setup from communist party to justify genocides against natives. There is no credible investigation and the report is very prompt about how it happen like Xinhua knew everything before incident took place. Years back same similar story has been told by xinhua, several tibetan monks accused being terrorist and after that many tibetans killed by chinese terrorists.

    Its so ironic that china frame so called terrorists as muslims, some morons would buy that crap but not smart people. Its very much known that china is supporting global islamic and communist terrorist organizations. Taliban gets full support from china. China has always good relationship with islamofascist countries such as pakistan, iran, saudi arabia. Uighurs always being blamed as not fit for being muslim by han chinese muslims. Uighurs known to have their ancient religion Tengrism similar to Buddhism and Taoism. Also Uighurs are know to be first christians of central asia, Since 13th century many uighur christians translated bible into chinese. uighur, mongolian and kazakh langiages. During the era of Ma Bufang the chinese muslim general performed wide scale of genocide against uighurs, especially those who were into non islamic activities were brutally executed including their childreen.

    Uyghurs still unfit to be muslims, They are against to polygamy and shariah law. Uighurs are more into their vibrant culture and traditions.

    Since rest of the world know very little or no knowledge about Uighurs, they too tend to believe Communist Terrorists lies.

    • Richard M

      Rubbish….We’re not talking about whose ancestors built a library a thousand years ago. We’re talking about what these savage sub-human animals are doing today. They are terrorists and deserve immediate execution.

      • NobleSpirit

        Typical cockroach communist mentality, Invade the natives land then call them subhuman animals. The way you put makes you very stupid. The communist terrorist brutally killed millions of people including chinese and Manchurians. Now you are defending the system is totally barbarian and savage. Calling people savages just because they are not related to you. You kind of evil creatures exist unfortunately, Whether in China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, You are intolerant selfish idiots without sense of compassion and humanity.

        • Richard M

          Just can’t respond without name calling, can you?….But yes I am intolerant of those who knife civilians to death in train stations, because of some perverted hate cult teachings.

          China was there long before the Muslims brought their religion of hate there in the year 750, or so.

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