Beijing : Six people, including two women, were injured on Tuesday in a knife attack at a busy railway station in China’s Guangzhou city, the third such assault in over two months with authorities blaming the first two on terrorists from Xinjiang.

A knife-wielding assailant was responsible for the assault at southern China’s Guangzhou railway station, police said dismissing earlier reports that claimed four persons were involved in the attack. Police confirmed that six people were injured in the attack and asserted that only person, who was shot and arrested, carried out the attack. They also denied the report that a foreigner was one of the injured in the attack, reports PTI. The suspect was carrying a long knife and did not have any identity card, a police statement said.

The male suspect was shot by police and is being treated in hospital. Reacting to the incident, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing here, “whoever carried out this for whatever reason, the Chinese government will deal with this with firmest action to safeguard social stability and life and property of Chinese people.”

Four of the injured, two men and two women, were being treated at the General Hospital of Guangzhou Military Area Command. Their injuries were not life-threatening. The attack did not affect railway operations, state-run Xinhua news agency reported citing the Guangzhou Railway (Group) Corporation.

The official media including the state television played down the coverage of the incident unlike the previous attacks at railway stations. The incident is the latest of the recent attacks at crowded train stations in over two months.

China has blamed the al-Qaeda backed East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) for such attacks. Three people were killed and 79 injured in an attack at a railway station in Urumqi, provincial capital of Xinjiang, on April 30. On March 1, knife-wielding assailants killed 29 civilians and injured another 143 at a railway station in the southwestern city of Kunming. The Urmuqi attack which was a combination of knife attack followed by bomb explosion was set off by two militants.

Xinjiang province bordering Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK) and Afghanistan has been restive for several years due to a conflict between native Muslim Uygurs and Han settlers from outside the province.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government on Tuesday announced the launching of special operations against terrorism. Law enforcement agencies will fully implement the leadership’s arrangement on counter terrorism, Meng Jianzhu, top security official and  head of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), said.

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