Saturday, March 01, 2014

Train Station Knife Attack Kills 27, Injures 109 In China

I don't suppose that China allows just anyone to carry a pistol for self-protection:
BEIJING — China’s official Xinhua News Agency says at least 27 people are dead and 109 injured after a group of knife-wielding men attacked a train station in southwestern China...

...The motive behind the attack was not immediately clear, but China has seen a number of mass stabbings and other attacks carried out by people bearing grudges against society.
It isn't in southwestern China at all: Kunming, Yunnan, is solidly south central China, just north of Laos. So maybe it wasn't members of the Religion of Peace Or I'll Kill You. There are such currently rather the worse for wear in Burma, which isn't all that far away though, so who knows? This might have been the collectively oriented engaging in ethno-religious retaliation against innocent people. Or not.

Q: When is China going to crack down on unlicensed knife dealers?

A little more here.

UPDATE: It does seem to have been members of the Religion of Peace:
The Chinese authorities have blamed the attack on militants from the remote far western region of Xinjiang, which is home to tensions between the government and Muslim separatists.

The state news agency Xinhua, quoting local government sources, said: 'Evidence at the crime scene showed that the Kunming Railway Station terrorist attack was carried out by Xinjiang separatist forces.'

The Xinjiang region borders Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and the Chinese government has blamed several attacks on militants there.

The region is home to a large Muslim Uighur minority who are angry at the treatment of their beliefs by the authorities.
More here.It's one thing for people with legitimate complaints against the state to attack the state, another to randomly slaughter people who cannot affect state behavior. More of the collectivist mentality at work.

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