Four Hurt in Knife Attack in Disorderly Western China

The New York Times reported Sunday that knife-wielding attackers in Western China injured four people in the latest in a string of incidents in restive Xinjiang.

According to the state-run television station, the attack took place in a crowded chess hall as the country was still grappling with a new wave of unrest in the region. China is no stranger to this sort of incident and has blamed previous knife and bomb attacks on separatists who seek to establish an independent state called East Turkestan.

Four people were injured in the struggle with the attackers in Sunday’s incident. However, their lives were reportedly not in danger, China Central Television (CCTV) said. Two of the attackers died from serious injuries and a third was arrested when the police arrived.

China has been the center of a string of attacks after a suicide bombing last month killed 39 people at a morning vegetable market in Xinjiang. Knife attacks in the past have often resulted in attackers being arrested or killed.

In March, 29 people were stabbed to death at a train station in the southwestern city of Kunming. A car burst into flames at the edge of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in October, killing five people.

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