‘They tar­get el­derly, don’t they have par­ents?’

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By CUI JIA and GAO BO in Urumqi

Wit­nesses and sur­vivors of Thurs­day’s at­tack in Urumqi spoke of their fear and anger to­ward the ter­ror­ists.

The at­tack in the cap­i­tal of the Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion hap­pened at about 7:50 am at a packed fruit and veg­etable mar­ket on Park North Street.

The mar­ket at­tracts a large crowd of cus­tomers each day. Some cus­tomers trav­eled there by bus and many el­derly people were among those seek­ing bar­gains.

“I was at the morn­ing mar­ket when people be­hind me sud­denly be­came very noisy be­fore I heard an ex­plo­sion,” said a man in his 60s sur­named Wang who was still in shock an hour af­ter the at­tack.

“I had never been that scared in my life and started to run im­me­di­ately. As I fled, there was an­other ex­plo­sion not far in front of me,” Wang said be­fore break­ing into tears.

Chen Hua­gen, 38, who has been a ven­dor at the mar­ket for more than five years, thought it would be just an­other or­di­nary day when he parked his tri­cy­cle loaded with veg­eta­bles at the road­side at about 7 am.

“But I heard people scream­ing and saw two cars, which looked like SUVs, be­ing driven side by side in the mid­dle of the street at high speed. Flags were hang­ing on top of both cars,” Chen said.

“Many el­derly people were walk­ing in the two-lane street or se­lect­ing veg­eta­bles on the side­walks at the time. Some were hit by the cars be­cause they had no time to run.”

Chen heard seven or eight ex­plo­sions as the cars plowed into the crowd and said one of the ve­hi­cles ex­ploded about 20 me­ters from his tri­cy­cle. “No one emerged from the car,” he added.

As the other car kept mov­ing for­ward, he de­cided to hide in a nearby res­i­den­tial area. The street was sealed off quickly af­ter the at­tack as po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions be­gan and med­i­cal staff mem­bers trans­ferred the in­jured to hos­pi­tals.

Wang Chunyan, who is in her 50s, was wait­ing pa­tiently out­side the sealed-off area in the hope of re­turn­ing to re­cover gro­ceries she dropped in the mar­ket while flee­ing for her life.

“I am still hav­ing a prob­lem breath­ing, be­cause of the shock. People in the cars were throw­ing ex­plo­sives out and many people were hit. Ev­ery­thing hap­pened so quickly,” said Wang, who vis­its the mar­ket nearly ev­ery day.

About two hours af­ter the at­tack, the street was re­opened for ven­dors to col­lect their be­long­ings. The sus­pects’ ve­hi­cles were re­moved while fire­men cleaned the street with high-pres­sure hoses. How­ever, blood­stains could still be seen on ground.

A mid­dle-aged woman sur­named Zhou, who lives in one of the build­ings on the street, said, “Be­sides med­i­cal staff mem­bers and po­lice, many oth­ers were on hand to help the in­jured.” All the win­dows in Zhou’s apart­ment were blown in by the ex­plo­sions.

Zhao Nan, 34, who lives near the mar­ket, said: “My fa­ther didn’t go to the morn­ing mar­ket to­day be­cause it was too cold. I don’t want to imag­ine what could have hap­pened to him if he had gone.

“How could the ter­ror­ists tar­get vul­ner­a­ble el­derly people? Don’t they have par­ents? ” Con­tact the writ­ers at cui­jia@ chi­nadaily.com.cn and gaobo@chi­nadaily.com.cn. “The ‘East Turk­istan’ ter­ror­ist forces are a com­mon en­emy of Pak­istan and China, and we vow to make joint ef­forts with China to com­bat the ter­ror­ists. Pak­istan will take ef­fec­tive mea­sures to en­sure the safety of Chi­nese cit­i­zens and projects in the coun­try.”

Pak­istani pres­i­dent “Sri Lanka will firmly sup­port China’s ef­forts to main­tain na­tional in­de­pen­dence and fight ter­ror­ism.” “The SCO sec­re­tariat strongly con­demns the ter­ror­ist at­tack in Urumqi and of­fers deep­est con­do­lences to the vic­tims and their fam­i­lies. Fight­ing ter­ror­ism is the pri­or­ity of the SCO. The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity shall fur­ther strengthen co­op­er­a­tion to ef­fec­tively com­bat ter­ror­ism.”

sec­re­taryof the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion “The US em­bassy of­fers deep­est con­do­lences and sym­pa­thy to the vic­tims, their fam­i­lies and all people af­fected by this vi­o­lent at­tack.” The US em­bassy in China “Hun­gary’s govern­ment deeply con­demns all forms of ter­ror­ism as a mat­ter of prin­ci­ple.” Hun­gar­ian For­eign Min­istry

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