Three people were killed and 79 people were injured in an attack on Xinjiang’s Railway Station on Wednesday night according to Chinese state media. According to the news, an explosion and a group of knife-wielding attackers had assaulted people who were existing the South Rail Station in the Xinjiang capital of Urumqi. The attack came at the end of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the province.
President Xi’s four-day tour ended on Wednesday in the area frequented by Muslim minorities who often attacked Chinese authorities in confrontations. State media did not confirm if the President was still in the area during and after the attack. They had also considered it a terrorist attack, which according to them, had become bolder and bolder ever since.
President Xi said that the authorities will take “decisive action” on the train attack. State media had encouraged authorities to find the people behind the attacks. The President had also quoted been quoted in state media calling for intensified counterrorism measures.
The attacks were attributed to Muslim extremists. Aside from Xinjiang, Uyghur also had its anti-terrorism security increased due to the attack.
According to observers, Uyghurs and other smaller Muslim minorities were often embattled against China’s authoritarian government. According to them, the protests were a reaction to oppressive official policies, discrimination and religious restrictions.