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Blast goes off at Urumqi rail station

Publication Date : 01-05-2014


An explosion occurred at a railway station in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region on Wednesday evening.

The blast happened at around 7pm Beijing time on Wednesday at the exit of the South Railway Station of Urumqi, Xinhua News Agency said.

The number of casualties remains unclear and People's Daily reported on its microblog that there were injuries.

Cause of the explosion also remains unclear.

The blast was centred around luggage left on the ground between the station exit and a public bus stop, witnesses told Xinhua.

The blast was powerful. A man at a nearby hotel said he thought it was an earthquake.

Ambulances and police cars rushed to the scene.

Train service has been suspended, a policeman at the scene told Xinhua. China Daily reporters saw armed police deployed in the square and commuters hoping to take the train in the station standing in six lines of about 200 to 300 metres each, outside the station.

"When the blast went off, the goods on the shelves shook a little, but no one panicked, and no one realised there had been an explosion until the police came," Tian Guicun, a shop owner near the station, told China Daily. Her shop was about 1,500 meters from the blast.

China Daily reporters saw some injured people were sent to the nearby Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region TCM hospital. The roads to the hospital were blocked and many ambulances stood outside.

Wang Qian in Beijing contributes to this story.


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