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  • 4 March 2014, 15:52

Policeman Shot Five Sword-Wielding Terrorists

A policeman who shot five men as they slayed people with swords has recalled the night of terror which left 29 civilians dead in China.

The officer and three colleagues were on patrol when they were called to what state media have described as "China's 9/11".

A further 143 people were injured during the train station attack in the southwestern city of Kunming on Saturday night.

The unidentified officer told state television: "When we arrived at the site I saw some people were wielding curved swords, maybe four to five, to hack people around them.

"Some people had been put down onto the ground but the attackers still stabbed them."

The officer was leading his team and carried their only automatic firearm.

After pulling up 15 metres (nearly 50ft) from the attackers he fired a warning shot and ordered them to throw down their swords.

He told China Central Television: "The five attackers turned around to me and rushed at me wielding their swords.

"I fired another shot into the air and ordered them again to put down their swords.

"When a thin one in a black mask with a curved sword about 60-70 centimetres long was about one metre from my gun muzzle, I shot him down."

He said the others continued to rush at him "more crazily", and that he shot all of them in a matter of seconds.

Officials said an eight-strong gang carried out the attack, four of whom were shot dead.

One was injured at the scene and three other suspects were captured on Monday.

China has attributed the attack to militants in the far-western region of Xinjiang, though no group has claimed responsibility.

Uighur separatists have waged a rebellion against Chinese rule in Xinjiang.

China says these fighters have links with international Muslim terror organisations.

However, some analysts believe citing ties abroad is China's way of vindicating its heavy approach in Xinjiang.

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