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China Mass Stabbing: Woman Reportedly Confesses to Being in Gang

Image: Medical workers moving a man wounded in a deadly stabbing attack at a railway station in China
Medical workers transport a man wounded in a deadly attack at a railway station to the emergency room in a hospital in Kunming in southwest China's Yunnan province on Saturday. Knife-wielding attackers slashed frantically at crowds at a railway station in Kunming in southwest China's Yunnan Province on 01 March, killing 29 people and injuring 143. EPA

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BEIJING -- A woman suspected of being part of knife-wielding gang that killed 29 people and injured 143 at a Chinese train station has admitted she took part in the attack, local media reported Tuesday.

"The woman suspect, who was wounded and captured alive, has soberly and truthfully made a confession,” Qin Guangrong, the party chief of the Yunnan Province, told a news conference according to Chinese online newspaper bzcm.net (link in Chinese).

Saturday's attack took place in the main train station of provincial capital Kunming.

No further details were released about the reported confession, the paper reported. Four others were shot dead and the final three suspects were arrested Monday.

The state-run news agency Xinhua earlier said a "terrorist gang of eight members" was responsible for the attack.

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Image: A policeman on guard as mourners light candles at the scene of an attack at the train station in Kunming, southwestern China
A policeman stands guard as mourners light candles at the scene of a mass stabbing in the main train station in Kunming in southwestern China's Yunnan Province, on Sunday.AFP - Getty Images

Ethnic Turkish Uighur separatists have been sporadically fighting for an independent state in Xinjiang, a province in northwestern China.

Without mentioning Uighurs directly, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for resolute opposition to any words and actions that damage the country's ethnic unity on Tuesday Xinhua reported.

The tradition of all ethnic groups in the country "breathing the same air and sharing the same fate" should be handed down from generation to generation, he told a panel discussion at the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

Prominent exiled Uighur leader and President of the World Uyghur Congress Rebiya Kadeer also urged China's government to respond calmly to a knife attack in the country's southwest and not "demonize" ethnic Uighurs.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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