Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

US tourist killed in Beijing

A Chinese man cycles past the Drum Tower in Beijing, China, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008. Beijing authorities say a Chinese man attacked two American tourists on the opening day of the Olympic Games, killing one of them before committing suicide.

An American tourist has been killed in Beijing in what appears to have been a random attack in the centre of the city.

A Chinese man pounced on two US citizens and their Chinese guide as they visited the Drum Tower monument in downtown Beijing today.

One of the US tourists was killed. The second tourist and the Chinese guide, both women, were injured.

The attacker, Tang Yongming, 47, of the eastern city of Hangzhou, then killed himself by jumping off the second story of the monument.

It comes just a day after the opening of the Olympic Games in Beijing.

Drum Tower, a major tourist site in central Beijing, has been sealed off and uniformed police are standing guard.

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