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Beijing Games organizers express condolence to U.S. victims, families over Saturday's attack
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13:13, August 10, 2008

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Organizers of the Beijing Olympic Games expressed condolence and sympathy to the families and relatives of those in Saturday's attack which led to the death of an American man and injuries to two women -- including an American and a Chinese.

"We are saddened by the incident that happened to the American tourists... We are willing to do anything that is possible to help," said Wang Wei, a spokesman with the Beijing Organizing Committee of the 29th Olympic Games, at a joint conference with the International Olympic Committee on Sunday morning.

Wang opened the press conference, held at the Main Press Center of the Beijing Games, with condolences to the victims and their families.

"The BOCOG is deeply saddened to learn the tragic attack to relatives to a coach from the U.S. men's volleyball team and a Chinese tour guide. I extend our sincere condolence and sympathy to the victims and their families," Wang said.

The attack of two American tourists and a Chinese tour guide occurred in downtown Beijing early on Saturday afternoon.

The attacker, identified as 47-year-old Tang Yongming from the eastern city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, then jumped to death from the second story of the historic Drum Tower, a wooden structure about 47 meters high in the north part of Dongcheng District in central Beijing.

The motive and other details of the attack remained unknown.

Wang said investigation into the incident was still underway and the two injured were being treated. "The Chinese Vice Foreign Minister went to the hospital to express condolence and sympathy. Minister of Health also went to the hospital to make sure everything possible could be done to help the injured."

He said the BOCOG had sent an official letter to the U.S. Olympic Committee to express sympathy and condolence as well, and offered every possible help.

Source: Xinhua

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