China: 10 injured in rush-hour railway knife attack

Armed Chinese paramilitary policemen patrol  Guangzhou Railway Station after knife-wielding assailants attacked people on March 6, 2015.

Story highlights

  • 10 people injured in knife attack at Chinese train station
  • One suspect shot dead, another arrested
  • Witnesses describe chaotic scene

(CNN)Knife-wielding attackers wounded 10 people at a railway station in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou Friday, before local police shot dead one suspect and arrested another.

The attack took place during the morning rush hour, when the assailants attacked people in front of the station, the city's public security bureau said on its official Weibo microblog account.
    The police said they were still investigating the case
    Chen Huichao, a police officer among those injured, told Xinhua, China's official news agency, that he fired three shots and another colleague fired five shots at the suspects.
    "A suspect was running from the exit of the railway station and chasing a woman and child who fell on the ground," said Chen. "It was really dangerous and we were afraid we would hurt (them)."
    Police did not return CNN calls for comment.

    Chaotic scene

    Witnesses described a chaotic scene, with blood on the ground.
    "They tried to hack me and I fended him off with my bag. Then he turned on my friend, but did not succeed in his attack," a 50-year-old man told the South China Morning Post.
    Another witness described seeing three people lying on the ground, with wounds to their neck, arm and head.
    Zheng Sheng, a 25-year-old man, told CNN via phone messaging app WeChat that crowds of people were leaving the station at the time of the attack.
    He was waiting for a friend at the station exit and said that he saw two men holding kitchen and butcher's knives.
    All of the injured were taken to hospital for treatment.
    Police have not revealed any details about the suspects.
    The city's railway station saw a similar attack less than a year ago, when men with knives injured six people in May.
    A mass stabbing in Kunming in Yunnan province shook China in March last year when attackers stormed a railway station, killing 31 and wounding 141.
    That attack was blamed on Uyghur separatists from Xinjiang. The four suspects convicted in that case had names that suggested that they were also Uyghur, a mainly Muslim ethnic group.