Knife Gang Attacks China Rail Station, Killing Dozens

A group of knife-wielding assailants attacked a railway station in southern China, killing at least 27 and wounding more than 100.

A gang of knife-wielding men killed at least 27 people and wounded some 109 others at a train station in southern China in what the government is describing as a "violent terror attack," Xinhua News Agency reports.

Kunming Railway Station in Yunnan province was the site of the gruesome melee. Local television station K6 reportedly said several of the attackers were shot by police and that victims were being transported to local hospitals.

Reuters quotes state television as saying on its official microblog that the incident had been deemed a "violent terror attack".

The BBC says witnesses report the men simply began attacking people at random.

The Associated Press, citing local state-run service Yunnan News, says:

"[The] men were wearing uniforms when they stormed the railway station and that gunshots were heard after police responded.

Photos circulating online (warning: graphic) show scattered luggage and bodies lying on the floor in blood.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.