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  • 1 May 2014, 1:14

Three Killed In China Station 'Bomb Attack'

Three people have been killed and another 79 injured after an apparent terrorist attack at a railway station in western China.

State broadcaster CCTV reported that armed men attacked crowds at the Urumqi station with knives and set off explosives at the same time.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, who finished a four-day visit to the area earlier on Wednesday, urged "decisive actions" against "terrorists" in Xinjiang region.

The official news agency Xinhua reported him as saying: "The battle to combat violence and terrorism will not allow even a moment of slackness, and decisive actions must be taken to resolutely suppress the terrorists' rampant momentum."

Train services were suspended for two hours before eventually being reopened under guard from armed police.

The blast was reportedly centred around luggage left on the ground between the station's exit and a bus stop.

Unrest has taken place in Xinjiang - home of the minority Muslim Uighur group - for several years.

In March, five armed people, thought to be Uighurs, slashed at crowds outside a railway station in southwestern China with knives, killing 29.

The government blamed the attack on "secessionist terrorists".

Nearly 200 people were killed during clashes between Uighur people and members of the Han Chinese community in 2009.

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