Beijing: About 50 people were injured today when a powerful blast struck a railway station in Urumqi, the capital of China's Muslim-majority Xinjiang province, as President Xi Jinping wrapped up his first-ever visit to the troubled region during which he vowed to fight terrorism.
The explosion took place this evening at the exit of the south railway station of Urumqi. Ambulances and police cars rushed to the scene, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The blast was centred around some luggage left on the ground between the station exit and a public bus stop, it said.
About 50 people were injured by the explosion, The Beijing News said, citing local police.
A local resident working at a nearby hostel told the South China Morning Post that the blast took place at around 7 pm outside the exit of the Urumqi south railway station after a train from Chengdu arrived.