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2 dead in China knife attack

Two knife-wielding men were killed and another injured after attacking civilians in Hetian Prefecture of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Sunday.

URUMQI: Two knife-wielding men were killed and another injured after attacking civilians in Hetian Prefecture of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Sunday.

The publicity department of Hetian said the three men rushed into a chess and card room at Yingbin Road at around 5:45 pm Sunday and began attacking locals, Xinhua news agency reported.

The people fought back and pressed an alarm bell which attracted shopkeepers nearby and members of the public, who rushed in and encircled the attackers.

Two of the attackers died and another sustained injuries in the incident, and four locals were injured while fighting with the attackers.

Armed patrol forces arrived at the scene later and brought the attackers under control with the help of locals.

China last month vowed a year-long campaign against terrorism, after attackers in Urumqi killed 39 people in a suicide raid on a marketplace.

On April 30, the final day of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the region, attackers armed with knives and explosives killed one person and wounded 79 at an Urumqi railway station.

And in March, knifemen killed 29 people and wounded 143 at a railway station in the southwestern city of Kunming, an incident dubbed "China's 9/11" by state media.

A suicide car crash attack in Beijing's Tiananmen Square last year left two dead, besides the three people in the car, and 40 injured.

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