A Chinese man has committed suicide by jumping from a Beijing tourist site seconds after he had stabbed two Americans and their local guide. One of the Americans died. He was the father in law of the coach for the US Olympic men’s volleyball team. His wife and the Chinese female tour guide were injured.
The attack seems to have nothing to do with the Olympics. US Olympic Committee spokesman Darryl Seibel said: “My understanding is that the victims of this attack were not wearing apparel or attire that would have automatically identified them as being connected to a member of the US Olympic delegation.”
Members of the US Olympic team expressed shock at the attack, which happened in the middle of the day in the centre of Beijing at the 13th Century Drum Tower, but American tourists said they were not worried.
Visitor Michelle Lang said: “Sadly that happens in any city and in any large place where there’s so many people. You just have to watch and be careful.” Another US tourist, Jim Gilmore said: “Bad things happen everywhere, and it’s unfortunate it happened at that instant.”
Attacks on foreigners in China are extremely rare. Beijing is still safer than most foreign cities of its size and right now the Chinese capital is swarming with extra police providing security for the Olympics.