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Beijing boosts security after fatal knife attack
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2008-08-11 10:32

Olympic organizers have tightened security in Beijing after a United States tourist was killed in a stabbing attack on Saturday.

Police released new details yesterday of the Chinese man behind the seemingly random attack in which Todd Bachman, father-in-law of the US men's volleyball team coach, was killed and his wife was seriously wounded. The man committed suicide after the stabbings.

The attacker - a jobless, twice-divorced man - had no previous criminal record and "acted out of despair over personal failures," police said yesterday.

"We are going to strengthen the security at scenic spots to make sure no sharp weapons can be brought into the areas," Beijing Olympic spokesman Wang Wei told a news conference in Beijing yesterday.

"Beijing is a safe city but unfortunately we are not immune to violent acts," Wang said.

He said the attack was an isolated criminal act, adding that staff from the US Embassy in Beijing and the FBI and Chinese police had been to the scene of the crime.

"I do not have any reason to believe that the Americans are the target for any violence," Wang said. "At the scene of the crime, there was no sign to signify that the tourists were Americans, so there was no reason to suggest that the attack was targeted at Americans."

Tang Yongming stabbed the two American tourists and a Chinese tour guide on Saturday before killing himself.

Tang, 47, had lost all hope after a series of failures in his life and took his anger out on society, according to the police department in his hometown of Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province.

After two failed marriages, Tang pinned all his hopes on his 21-year-old son Tang Wenjun, who was detained for 10 days in May 2007 for fraud. In March this year, the junior Tang was fined 2,000 yuan (US$290) and jailed for six months with a one-year suspension for theft.

In 2006 the older Tang moved to a rented house and sold his apartment for 200,000 yuan, which, according to police, was soon spent by his son.

On Saturday, Tang senior stabbed Todd and Barbara Bachman of Lakeville, Minnesota - parents of 2004 volleyball Olympian Elisabeth "Wiz" Bachman and in-laws of US men's volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon - and their Chinese tour guide at the 13th-century Drum Tower in downtown Beijing, killing Todd and injuring Barbara and the woman guide.

Tang then jumped from the 40-meter-high second story of the tower, according to the Information Office of the Beijing government.

The US Olympic Committee confirmed Todd died from knife wounds and Barbara suffered life-threatening injuries.

Barbara was in a critical but stable condition yesterday after undergoing eight hours of surgery, while the Chinese tour guide was out of danger.

"We are absolutely devastated by what has occurred," the US men's volleyball team said in a statement.

The US Embassy in Beijing said the attack on the Bachmans appeared to be "a senseless act of violence."

Source:Shanghai Daily 
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