South Gate of Urumqi train
station where terrorist attack occurred at 7pm Wednesday
China's state television and official news agencies reported
late last night that at 7pm, the rush hour in Urumqi, the
capital city of Xinjiang Province, knife-wielding terrorists
attacked passengers and detonated an explosive that killed
3, injured 79, with 4 in serious but not life-threatening
conditions. Two suicide bombers are found among the dead,
according to Urumqi police.
The crime scene is right in the front of the station's South
Gate, which is also the entrance to an express bus station.
A sign in white and blue for a police post is clearly visible,
in a distance less than 20m away.
Passengers' luggage and
the victims' torsos scattered around before the train
The incident happened only hours after Chinese President
Xi Jinping and his high profile entourage left the city after
a 4-days working tour around the province.
A Chinese researcher believes this brutal act was staged
as an open demonstration of some certain forces and certain
countries against Xi Jinping's decision to get tough with
In July 2009, when East Turkestan members traveled from
their villages to Urumqi for violent assault against Han
populations, they all got a return train tickets, which displays
their remarkable confidence over the possibility that they
would be able to get away with the crime, and which also
shows the event was a well organized operation. Yet so far
the local government is still unable to crack down the organisers
responsible for the July
Chinese President Xi Jinping has already ordered the provincial
government to do whatever necessary to bring the terrorists
and the forces behind to face the justice.
At 9pm, two hours after the attack, Urumqi train station
reopened to public and passengers were allowed to board the