At least 28 people have been killed and 113 injured after a group of knife-wielding men hacked their way through innocent people at one of China’s busiest railway stations.
Distressing photos circulating online showed bodies, pools of blood and abandoned luggage scattered across the terminal floor at Kunming Railway Station in Yunnan province.
Authorities described the incident at about 9pm local time (1pm GMT) as an ‘organised, premeditated, violent terrorist attack.’
Probe: Police have cordoned off Kunming Railway Station in Yunnan province, one of the busiest in China in a city of six million people, after a gang of knife-wielding ‘terror’ attackers stabbed dozens of people.
Horror: Photos shared on the Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo showed bodies strewn across the floor covered in blood. Initial reports suggest 28 people have been killed and another 113 were injured.
Distressing: Photos circulated widely on the internet showed a line-up of bodies on the station floor surrounded by medical equipment. The majority of the photos are too graphic to publish.
Emergency: Medics were still treating people in the station hours after the attack, said a Chinese news agency.
Abandoned: Travel bags surrounded by blood lie strewn across then floor of the terminal, protected by police.
Carnage: The attack was described as a ‘violent terror attack’ by state television.
Body: One of the reported attackers who was shot dead by police in the standoff in south west China.