China mass stabbing: Deadlyknife attack in Kunming
Chinese state television described the incident as a "violent terror attack" as Mariko Oi reports
Anattack by knife-wielding men at a railway station in Kunming in south-westChina has left at least 29 dead, the state news agency Xinhua says.
Another 130 people were wounded in whatauthorities said was a "premeditated, violent terrorist attack".
Four suspects were shot dead, one arrestedand other are being sought Xinhua said.
City officials said evidence implicatedmilitants from the western region of Xinjiang, but this was not verified.
President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqianghave sent condolences to the victims and their families.
President Xi urged "all-outefforts" to investigate the attack.
"Severely punish in accordance withthe law the violent terrorists and resolutely crack down on those who have beenswollen with arrogance," Xinhua quoted the president as saying.
Witnesses said that the men, who weremostly dressed in black, attacked people at random.
A survivor named Yang Haifei, who waswounded in the back and chest, told Xinhua he had been buying a train ticketwhen the attackers rushed into the station.
"I saw a person come straight at mewith a long knife and I ran away with everyone," he said.
There were scenes of shock and anguishafter the attack
Authorities quickly sealed off the railwaystation in Kunming
Police are combing the scene of the attack
He added that those too slow to flee werecut down.
Some who escaped were desperately lookingfor missing loved ones.
Yang Ziqing told Xinhua she and her husbandhad been waiting for a train to Shanghai "when a knife-wielding mansuddenly came at them".
"I can't find my husband, and hisphone went unanswered," she said.
Social media users in China posted picturesof the attack on the internet, but correspondents say they are being takendown.
Images seen by the BBC show men and womenlying on the floor in pools of blood following the attack.
Kunming officials, quoted by Xinhua, latersaid that evidence at the scene showed it was "a terrorist attack carriedout by Xinjiang separatist forces".
Xinjiang is home to the Muslim Uighurminority group which has a long history of discord with Chinese authorities.
State broadcaster CCTV said top securityofficial Meng Jianzhu would travel to Kunming to oversee the handling of theinvestigation.