2014 Kunming Attack
Inside the Kunming railway station in Kunming, Yunnan, China at around 21:20 on 1 March 2014, a group of knife-wielding terrorists attacked passengers at the city’s railway station. Both male and female attackers pulled out long-bladed knives and stabbed and slashed passengers. Police killed four assailants and captured one injured female. The assailants left 31 civilians and four perpetrators dead, with more than 140 others injured. On 3 March, police announced that the six-man, two-woman group had been neutralized after the arrest of three remaining suspects.
No group stepped forward to claim responsibility for the attack. Xinhua News Agency and the government of Kunming said that the attack had been linked to Xinjiang separatist terrorists, with Time and The New York Times also reporting that members of Xinjiang’s Uyghur Muslims were involved in the attack. Police said that they had confiscated a black, hand-painted East Turkestan flag at the scene, which is associated with the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region for which the separatists seek independence.