American Murdered in Beijing as Olympics Kick Off

Marianne Barriaux reports in AFP, via Yahoo News:

An American relative of a US Olympic coach was killed and another injured in a stabbing attack in Beijing on Saturday, officials said, raising security fears as the Games got into full swing.

A Chinese man stabbed the pair and their Chinese tourist guide as they were visiting the historic Drum Tower monument, a popular tourist site in the centre of the city, the US Olympic Committee (USOC) and Beijing police said.

The assailant, a 47-year-old man from eastern China, then jumped off the second storey of the monument and killed himself, police said in a statement, without giving details as to why he carried out the attack.

Read also: Lifting China from the Wall Street Journal.

August 9, 2008 9:53 AM
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