Fear of more brutal killings engulfed the Kunming station in Yunnan province after a chilling mass knife attack on Saturday left at least 30 people dead and more than 130 injured.
Security is on high alert at this train station in southwestern China. Armed riot police stood guard as people streamed into the station during the weekend.
Witnesses say a group of knife wielding attackers burst into the station and began stabbing people at random.
"Two women said to me: 'There's fighting outside, they're killing people'. I said: 'Don't talk nonsense, it's very safe here'. But that people really were being killed. So I walked out and I saw a person with a knife this big. I thought it was just one person, so I planned to shout for a couple of people to try and apprehend them, but then I saw five or six of them. They all had knives and they were stabbing people madly over by the first and second ticket offices,” parking attendant Mr. Chen told Reuters.
"Last night everyone ran over into my supermarket. The supermarket was full of people, including two passengers who had been stabbed. I was terrified. They were killing people, how could I not be scared?” said supermarket worker Ren Guangqin.
State media said police shot at least four suspects dead and captured one. It said five others are on the run. It’s being speculated that the attackers belong to an Islamist militant separatist organization.
China's President Xi Jinping (L), Premier Li Keqiang (R) and chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Yu Zhengsheng pay silent tribute to victims