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Consulate in China Warns Americans Following Mass Stabbing

Image: TPolicemen investigate the scene outside the train station after a deadly attack by a group of knife-wielding men in Kunming
Police investigate the scene outside the train station after a deadly attack by a group of knife-wielding men in Kunming, in southwest China's Yunnan province, on March 2, 2014. SUI SHUI / EPA

A United States Consulate in China called Sunday for Americans in the area to be cautious after a group of ten knife-wielding assailants killed 29 victims and left 130 wounded on Saturday.

"The Consulate General recommends that U.S. citizens pay attention to their surroundings when traveling in China and report any concerns to the local police," said a statement from the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu.

A total of 33 people were killed, including four of the attackers, at the main train station in Kunming, the capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province. The group of ten attackers "indiscriminately" stabbed their victims, the consulate said.

Police shot and killed four of the culprits and captured one more, but five were still on the loose, according to the official Chinese news agency Xinhua.

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China's top police official, Politburo member Meng Jianzhu, called the incident a terrorist attack and Xinhua reported that the attack was carried out by "Xinjiang separatist forces."

The far western region of Xinjiang is boiling with a rebellion of Chinese rule, led by members of the Muslim Uighur population.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.