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Chinese man attacks U.S. tourists in Beijing, killing one
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18:04, August 09, 2008

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A Chinese man attacked two American tourists and a Chinese tour guide in downtown Beijing on Saturday shortly after noon, leading to the death of an American man and injuries to the other two, both women.

The attacker then killed himself by jumping from the second story of the Drum Tower, a popular tourist site, after the incident, which took place at about 12:20 p.m., a spokesman with the Beijing Municipal Government Information Office said.

The spokesman did not specify the method of attack.

The identities of the American nationals were not immediately known. The spokesman said they had entered China on tourist visas.

Police rushed to the scene after receiving an emergency call about the attack and sent the two injured women to hospital, he said.

The attacker was identified as 47-year-old Tang Yongming from the eastern city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, according to an ID card found on his body.

Local authorities are investigating the case, he said.


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