TOKYO, May 1 (KUNA) -- Three people were confirmed dead and 79 others were injured in a violent terrorist attack at a railway station in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Muslim-majority Xinjiang region, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday.
An initial police investigation showed knife-wielding mobs slashed people at the exit of the South Railway Station of Urumqi and set off explosives, the regional committee of the Communist Party said, according to the report.
The attack occurred at around occurred around 7:10 p.m. (1110 GMT) Wednesday with an explosion near the exit of the Urumqi south railway station in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, it said.
Some luggage and damaged motorcycles were left at the scene. The investigation of the case is still underway. The explosion took place on the same day that Chinese President Xi Jinping ended his four-day visit to Xinjiang. It was his first inspection to the region since he took power in November 2012.
Following the blast, Xi urged "decisive actions" against violent terrorist attacks, after the blast.
"The battle to combat violence and terrorism will not allow even a moment of slackness, and decisive actions must be taken to resolutely suppress the terrorists' rampant momentum," Xi said. Xi demanded profound awareness of the Xinjiang separatist forces and noted that the anti-separatism battle in Xinjiang is long-term, complicated and acute.
People were evacuated and trains were suspended, but the station resumed normal operations at around 9 p.m. as passengers re-entered the waiting halls with the guidance of armed police. The station is one of the three railway stations in the city, and the largest in Xinjiang.
Terrorist attacks have increased in Xinjiang in recent years and have targeted places outside Xinjiang, the report said.
In March, knife-wielding assailants killed 29 civilians and injured another 143 at a railway station in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming, with evidence linked the attack to separatists from Xinjiang. In an incident last June, rioters killed 24 people in Xinjiang.
About 41.5 percent of Xinjiang's 21 million population are Uygurs, a largely Muslim ethnic group. China took control of the area in 1949.