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Knife attack at Guangzhou railway station injures nine civilians

GUANGZHOU, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Nine civilians and a police officer were injured after a knife attack by two assailants at a railway station in China's southern business hub of Guangzhou City on Friday morning, according to local police.

The attack happened at about 8:18 a.m. when the pair stabbed people outside the square of the railway station, according to the city's railway public security bureau.

Police shot dead a suspect and caught another who was injured.

Chen Huichao, the police officer whose left thumb was injured, told Xinhua that he fired three shots and another colleague fired five shots at the suspects.

"A suspect was running from the exit of the railway station and chasing a woman and child who fell on the ground," said Chen. "It was really dangerous and we were afraid we would hurt the woman and innocents."

Chen said the suspect was injured and the woman and child did not suffer any injuries.

The injured have been hospitalized at the General Hospital of Guangzhou Military Area Command of the People's Liberation Army.

As of 11:30 a.m., four injured civilians were still receiving emergency treatment, while another five victims and the suspect are in stable condition, according to the hospital.

Police are investigating the case. The identities of the attackers are not yet known. The order at the station is normal.

It was the second attack targeting a Guangzhou train station in a year. Six people were wounded in a similar knife attack at a train station in Guangzhou on May 6 last year.

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