America stabbed to death today in Beijing
An American was killed and another injured in a stabbing attack in Beijing today, officials said, raising security fears as the Games got into full swing.
A Chinese man stabbed the pair and their Chinese tourist guide as they were visiting the historic Drum Tower monument, a popular tourist site in the center of the city.
The killer, a 47-year-old man from eastern China, then jumped off the second floor of the monument and killed himself, without giving details as to why he carried out the attack.
The USOC said the victims were family members of a coach for the United States Olympic men's volleyball team. Beijing police said the person killed was a man and the two injured were women.
"The United States Olympic Committee has learned of an incident that occurred earlier today involving two family members of a coach for the United States Olympic Men's Indoor Volleyball Team," the USOC said in a statement.
"Two family members were stabbed during an attack by what local law enforcement authorities have indicated was a lone assailant. One of the family members was killed and the other seriously injured."
The attack occurred despite China deploying massive security in Beijing for the Olympics, with more than 150,000 police and other personnel on patrol across the city.
An estimated 450,000 foreigners are expected to come to Beijing for the Olympics, which opened on Friday night and will finish on August 24.
Police identified the attacker as Tang Yongming, from the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou.