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Nine hurt in China station knife attack


NINE people have been injured in a knife attack at a station in the Chinese city of Guangzhou, police say.

The attack happened on Friday morning. Police shot one suspect dead and caught another, a statement said.

No information was given on the possible motive for the attack.

In recent months there have been two attacks on stations in China, in Kunming and Urumqi. Authorities have blamed both on extremists from China’s Uighur Muslim minority.

But other knife attacks, including on school children, have been blamed on people with personal grudges or suffering from mental health problems.

The BBC’s John Sudworth in Shanghai said although the motive for Friday’s attack was not clear, the suspicion that it may be political in nature will be reinforced by the timing – coming just a day after China began its annual parliamentary session in Beijing.

The National People’s Congress is where the Communist Party sets out its agenda for the coming year.

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