Uyghur knifeman jumps to his death in Guangzhou after killing three in mall rampage

By Ryan Kilpatrick, March 25, 2015

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Two knife-weilding men in Guangzhou attacked shoppers at Liwan District shopping center yesterday afternoon, killing three.

The incident took place at 4:15pm in the Global International Trade Center. The two knifemen, reportedly ethnic Uygurs from China's troubled Xinjiang region, attacked shoppers on the tenth floor of the whole shoes market. At least three women were killed in the rampage and "many" more  were injured.

One of the suspects later fled the scene while the second climbed to the building's rooftop and jumped down to his death in front of onlookers.

Yesterday's tragedy is the latest in a string of knife attacks carried out by members of the mostly Muslim minority group, and the second to strike Guangzhou this month alone. On March 6, a pair of knifemen injured 12 at Guangzhou Railway Station before one was apprehended by police and the other shot dead.

READ MORE: Knife attack at Guangzhou Railway Station leaves nine injured and one suspect dead 

Chinese authorities that the Islamic State extremist movement is making huge inroads in the country's restive far west, where many resent what they perceive as repressive policies under Han Chinese rule.

RELATED: Authorities say they've broken up gangs of ISIS fighters returning to China 

[Images via Sina, Oriental Daily]

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