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STAB GANG KILL 27; 162 hurt in knife terror attack at station.

Byline: Ben Blanchard

At least 27 people were knifed to death yesterday at a train station in Kunming, south-west China.

The official Xinhua news agency said another 162 were injured in the incident, which has been deemed a "violent terror attack".

Kunming resident Yang Haifei told Xinhua he was buying a rail ticket when he saw a group of people, mostly wearing black, rush into the station and start attacking bystanders.

He added: "I saw a person come straight at me with a long knife and I ran away.

"Those who were slower were caught by the attackers. They just fell on the ground."

Several suspects were said to have been detained and others shot dead. China's domestic security chief Meng Jianzhu was on his way to Kunming last night.

Graphic pictures posted on the Chinese microblogging service Sina Weibo showed bodies covered in blood lying on the ground at the station.

There was no immediate word on who was responsible.

The attack comes at a particularly sensitive time as China gears up for the annual meeting of parliament, which opens in Beijing on Wednesday and is normally accompanied by a tightening of security across the country.

China has blamed similar incidents on Islamist extremists operating in the far western region of Xinjiang.

A suicide attack in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in October involved militants from Xinjiang, which is home to the Muslim Uighur people.

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