Three assailants with knives rushed into a card room in China and attacked chess players, according to a local government’s website.
Two of the attackers were killed and the third one wounded and captured in the western region of Xinjiang.
The report on the Hotan government’s website said the civilians who had been playing chess fought back and sounded an alarm, which led people from neighboring businesses and others to come and encircle the attackers with unspecified weapons.
Armed patrol forces soon arrived and brought the attackers under control with the help of locals.
Two died and the third was wounded and arrested, it said, adding that four civilians were wounded.
The report gave no details on a motive for the Sunday evening attack in Hotan city in the region’s south.
Calls to Hotan’s publicity department and police rang unanswered Monday.
The attack came amid a crackdown in Xinjiang following high-profile attacks on civilians.
They have been blamed on extremists from the region’s Uighur minority seeking to overthrow Chinese rule.
Last month, a market bombing killed 43 people in Xinjiang’s capital, Urumqi.