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Tragedy in Beijing

Posted by Gregory Lee Jr. Globe Staff  August 9, 2008 06:09 AM

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BEIJING -- A day after the historic and breathtaking opening ceremony, tragedy has struck the Olympic Games. A man attacked two American tourists, killing one and injuring another.

The incident happened after noon local time at the Drum Tower, an ancient landmark. The alleged attacker then left to his death after his assault, the state media reported.

Boston Globe reporter Patricia Wen is on the scene and says residents in the neighborhood are not speaking to any reporters. Wen believes the police have informed them not to speak to anyone.

The United States OIympic Committee is expected to conduct a press conference to provide more details of the incident.

A Chinese man attacked the two Americans -- a man and a woman and their Chinese tourist guide -- around 12:20 p.m. on the second level of the Drum Tower, a popular tourist attraction in north Beijing, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Citing the Beijing Municipal Government Information Office, Xinhua said the 47-year-old attacker, Tang Yongming, killed the American man and injured both the American woman and the female guide. The attacker was identified by an identity card found on the body.

Tang then "killed himself by jumping from the second story of the Drum Tower," Xinhua said.

Update: The Associated Press is reporting that the two people attacked were relatives of a coach for the US Olympic men's volleyball team. Read more here ...

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3 comments so far...
  1. 16 days .... 16 days....

    Posted by Kathy2579 August 9, 08 07:54 AM
  1. This is what the Bush administration has brought us, blood and death everywhere!

    Posted by Trish August 9, 08 12:01 PM
  1. I HOPE THIS DOES NOT CAUSE THE ATHLETES TO BE LOCKED UP DURING THESE OLYMPICS AND LOSE THE CHANCE TO SEE CHINA. I DON'T MEAN TO SOUND COLD BUT THIS LOOKS LIKE AN ISOLATED INCIDENT. MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY OF THE VICTIMS AND ALSO THE POOR SOLE WHO COMMITTED THIS ACT. I'M SURE HE WAS NOT OF SOUND MIND.

    Posted by ROSALIE DAMATO August 9, 08 12:33 PM
 

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