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China Knife Attack Leaves Six Dead

14/03/2014 09:16 GMT | Updated 14/03/2014 09:59 GMT

A knife attack in southern China has left six people dead, local officials have said.

Five people were hacked to death, and one person was fatally shot by police following a dispute at a market Friday in southern China, local authorities said.

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Civilians were stabbed to death on the street

The incident happened just two weeks after a deadly stabbing attack at a Chinese train station in the southwestern city of Kunming, raising concerns the latest scenes of violence were ethnically motived.

The earlier March 1 knife attack that killed 29 and wounded more than 140 at a train station in Nanjing was blamed by the Chinese Government on Xinjiang separatists, believed to be members of the Turkish-speaking Muslim Uighur minority from the region.

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Policemen investigate the site of the deadly stabbing incident

The latest attack apparently erupted from a dispute between two vendors who were apparently Uighurs selling ethnic foods. The knife fight apparently left one of the vendors dead, police in Changsha said in an online statement.

The other fled and savagely stabbed four more people while on the run before he was shot dead by police, police said.

The incident is currently under investigation, but an unnamed official in Changsha told AFP news agency: "I can assure you it's not a terror attack. It happened in a market due to some dispute."