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China: Two dead, 14 hurt in Beijing knife attacks
AFP ^ | 09/18/09

Posted on 09/20/2009 2:48:45 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Two dead, 14 hurt in Beijing knife attacks

Fri Sep 18, 2:12 am ET

BEIJING (AFP) – A Chinese man stabbed two people to death and injured 14 others in Beijing, state media said Friday, in an attack likely to highlight security fears ahead of China's National Day celebrations.

Beijing police said in a statement that Zhang Jianfei, a 46-year-old man from northeastern Jilin province, was arrested in connection with Thursday evening's assault near Tiananmen Square.

The police statement said 14 people were hurt but made no mention of any deaths, and police declined further comment when contacted by AFP.

The state Xinhua news agency said Zhang was drunk at the time of the attacks and that he had a history of creating "disturbances" while inebriated.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: beijing; china; nationalday; stabbing

1 posted on 09/20/2009 2:48:45 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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2 posted on 09/20/2009 2:49:11 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (LUV DIC -- L,U,V-shaped recession, Depression, Inflation, Collapse)
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3 posted on 09/20/2009 3:00:48 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Party leader Nantzi Pehlohsi responded to the event by reiterating that knife control legislation is the only way to prevent such occurrences.

4 posted on 09/20/2009 3:15:30 AM PDT by Rocky (OBAMA: Succeeding where bin Laden failed.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Here on Taiwan it is not uncommon for the occasional random knifing to occur. A rogue on a motorscooter cruises down the street slashing strangers and then he takes off.
Happens once or twice a year. See it reported on the TV news. Curved fruit knives or machetes are the tool of choice for this. Sometimes there are two people on the 'scooter with the rear passenger doing the slashing.
I don't recall off-hand any deaths from this;but some horrible maimings have resulted.
5 posted on 09/20/2009 4:26:46 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: Rocky

Yep another 3:oo am vote soon.

6 posted on 09/20/2009 4:41:00 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Tainan

“Sometimes there are two people on the ‘scooter with the rear passenger doing the slashing.”

Whats the motivation? Obviously insanity can be ruled out if there are two of them?

7 posted on 09/20/2009 9:20:30 AM PDT by monday
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To: monday
I don't know what the reason for this is. Thrills? Boredom? Gang initiation/activity? trying to show what a "bad dude" they are?

Its pretty random as far as victims go. Young, Old, Male, female - well actually, females seems to be targeted more. Honestly, the Taiwan males are pretty 'nutless' as far as social interaction goes. Western concepts such as personal responsibility, personal initiative, gallantry and fairness, honesty, integrity, things like that, seem to be missing from the genetic pool here.
But, to be fair, those are Western constructs. Somethings just don't translate wll...I guess.
8 posted on 09/20/2009 3:55:44 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: monday

As funny as it may sound, I think one reason might be too much tofu in the diet. Adds excess estrogen.

9 posted on 09/20/2009 3:57:19 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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Note: The following text is a quote:

YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report
Warden Message: Beijing Knife Attacks
East Asia / Pacific - China
23 Sep 2009

U.S. Embassy Beijing issued the following Warden Message on September 23:

This Warden Message is to inform Americans of reports of two stabbing incidents near Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. According to the Associated Press, a French tourist was slightly injured in a September 19 knife attack on Dashilan near Tiananmen Square, an area frequented by tourists. Two days earlier, two security guards were killed and 14 people wounded in a separate knife attack in the same area. The police have indicated that the attackers chose their victims randomly. Their motivations are unknown.

While China’s violent crime rate remains low, these recent incidents give American citizens extra reasons to exercise vigilance and care. When in Beijing or other cities in China, Americans are advised to employ the same precautionary measures they would in any large city: when possible, do not travel alone; pay attention to your surroundings, especially when traveling in unfamiliar areas; avoid large demonstrations or protests; carry only as much cash as is absolutely necessary, and store the currency in multiple locations on your person. Travelers are reminded that Chinese regulations require foreigners to carry their passports with them at all times. You may wish to make a photocopy of your passport and visa pages, and store them in a separate place for safekeeping.

The Chinese police and emergency services hotline can be reached by dialing 110, though few, if any, English-speaking operators may be available. Keep this number and the American Citizen Services emergency contact information found below with you in case of emergency.

For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department?s Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site at, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, and Travel Warnings can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. or Canada, or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-317-472-2328. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Embassy can be reached 24 hours per day at 86-10-8531-3000. The addresses and telephone contact information for the American Citizen Services offices at the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulates are at the bottom of this announcement.
U.S. citizens residing or traveling in China are reminded to register with the U.S. Embassy or closest U.S. Consulate by entering your travel itinerary and contact information at: In case of difficulties registering online, please contact the closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

U.S. Embassy Beijing: Tian Ze Road intersection of An Jia Lou Road, Chaoyang District. Telephone number during regular business hours and for after-hours emergencies: 86-10-8531-4000, Email: The embassy?s website is

U.S. Consulate General Chengdu: Number 4, Lingshiguan Road, Section 4, Renmin Nanlu, Chengdu 610041, tel. 86-28-8558-3992, Email: For after-hours emergencies, please call 86-1370-800-1422.

U.S. Consulate General Guangzhou: The Consular Section is located at 5th Floor, Tianyu Garden (II phase), 136-146 Lin He Zhong Lu, Tianhe District, Guangzhou 510133, tel. (86-20) 8518-7605, Email: Guangzhou adoptions Email: For after-hours emergencies, please call 86-20-8121-8000.

U.S. Consulate General Shanghai: The Consular Section is located in the Westgate Mall, 8th Floor, 1038 Nanjing Xi Lu, Shanghai 200041; tel. (86-21) 3217-4650, Email: For after-hours emergencies, please call 86-21-6433-3936.

U.S. Consulate General Shenyang: No. 52, 14th Wei Road, Heping District, Shenyang 110003; tel. (86-24) 2322-1198, Email: For after-hours emergencies, please call 86-137-0988-9307.

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10 posted on 09/23/2009 9:13:45 PM PDT by Cindy
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