American tourist killed in Beijing

August 9th, 2008 - 4:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 9 (Xinhua) A Chinese man attacked two US tourists and a Chinese tour guide in downtown Beijing Saturday, 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 storey 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 identities of the American nationals were not immediately known. They had entered China on tourist visas, the spokesman said.

Police rushed to the scene after receiving an emergency call after 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.

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