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Kunming knife attack gang tried to leave China before attack

Attackers who launched a brutal mass knifing at a Chinese train station acted in desperation after a failed attempt to leave the country and become jihadists overseas, a Chinese official was Wednesday quoted as saying. Both Beijing and Washington have described Saturday's attack in Kunming that killed 29 people and injured 143 as terrorism. China blames separatists from its restive far-western region of Xinjiang, home to the mainly Muslim Uighur minority.

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