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China captures 3 more suspects in station attack

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    Armed policemen and paramilitary policemen patrol a street near the Kunming Railway Station today, where more than 10 assailants slashed scores of people with knives Saturday evening, in Kunming, in southwestern China's Yunnan province.

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    A man holds a billboard with slogans urging fights against terrorists on a square outside the Kunming Railway Station, where more than 10 assailants slashed scores of people with knives Saturday evening, in Kunming, in western China's Yunnan province, Monday, March 3, 2014. Twenty-nine slash victims and four attackers were killed and 143 people wounded in the attack which officials said was a terrorist assault by ethnic separatists from the far west. Chinese words on the billboard are, "The spring city under the shine, everybody beats the terrorists." (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

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    Relatives and friends of a victim killed in Saturday night's attack wait to see the victim's body outside a funeral home in Kunming, in southwestern China's Yunnan province, Monday, March 3, 2014. Twenty-nine slash victims and four attackers were killed and 143 people wounded in the attack which officials said was a terrorist assault by ethnic separatists from the far west. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

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    A man is supported by a relative as they leave a funeral home where bodies of victims killed in Saturday night's attack are kept in Kunming, in southwestern China's Yunnan province, Monday, March 3, 2014. Twenty-nine slash victims and four attackers were killed and 143 people wounded in the attack which officials said was a terrorist assault by ethnic separatists from the far west. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

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Armed policemen and paramilitary policemen patrol a street near the Kunming Railway Station today, where more than 10 assailants slashed scores of people with knives Saturday evening, in Kunming, in southwestern China's Yunnan province.

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BEIJING — Police have captured the three remaining suspects in a slashing rampage at a train station in southwestern China that killed 29 people, state media said today.

Authorities say the attack in Kunming city that also wounded 143 was carried out by separatists from the far-western region of Xinjiang.

Clashes in Xinjiang between authorities and ethnic Uighurs over the past year have left scores dead, but the assault Saturday evening occurred more than 900 miles to the southeast in Yunnan province, which has not had a history of such unrest.

Citing a statement from the Ministry of Public Security, the official Xinhua News Agency said that a “terrorist gang” of six men and two women led by a person identified as Abdurehim Kurban was responsible for the attack.

Xinhua said police shot and killed four of the attackers, who used knives to slash at crowds of people, and captured an injured female suspect at the scene.

The brief Xinhua report did not identify the ethnicity of the eight or say how the final three suspects were identified and captured.

Xinjiang is home to a simmering rebellion against Chinese rule by some members of the Muslim Uighur (pronounced WEE’-gur) population, and the government has responded there with heavy-handed security.

Another unprecedented attack attributed by authorities to Uighurs occurred last October in Beijing. Three assailants and two tourists were killed in the attack at Tiananmen Gate.

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