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33 Killed In Terrorist Attack At China Train Station

The attack is one of China's deadliest in recent years. Warning: Graphic images.

Posted on March 1, 2014, at 12:50 p.m. ET

Updated: March 3, 12:08 p.m., ET

Twenty-nine people are dead and 143 injured from a terrorist attack by a group of knife-wielding men at a train station in southwestern China, the Associated Press reports.

Four of the assailants were killed by police and another was captured, bringing the number of total dead to 33.

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Police investigate after a group of armed men attacked people at Kunming railway station.

Two of the more than ten assailants at Yunnan province's Kunming Railway Station were women, including one killed and the one detained, but police were still searching for at least five attackers on Sunday.

"All-out efforts should be made to treat the injured people, severely punish terrorists according to the law, and prevent the occurrence of similar cases," said Meng Jianzhu, China's top police official, who arrived at the scene early Sunday.

The government described the brutal killings as "a terrorist attack carried out by Xinjiang separatist forces."

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Photos circulating online show bloodied bodies and luggage strewn around the station floor.

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Victim Yang Haifei, who was admitted to the hospital for wounds to his chest and back, told China's official Xinhua News Agency that he was purchasing a ticket when he saw a group, mostly clad in black, rush into the station and start attacking people.

"I saw a person come straight at me with a long knife and I ran away with everyone," he said, adding that those who couldn't run as fast ended up with severe injuries. "They just fell on the ground."

Witnesses said the attackers stormed the station wearing black uniforms and carrying long knives and machetes, and said they heard gunshots after police responded.

The assailants have not been identified, but police seem to believe the Uighur population could be involved and were questioning members of the community.

According to the AP:

The far western region of Xinjiang is home to a simmering rebellion against Chinese rule by some members of the Muslim Uighur (pronounced WEE'-gur) population, and the government has responded there with heavy-handed security.

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Correction: An earlier version of this story said that the train station is in Beijing, but it is actually in Yunnan, in southwestern China.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.