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French woman stabbed

A French woman was attacked in Beijing near Tiananmen Square today, a French diplomat said, an attack that came two days after a man fatally knifed two people and injured 14 in the same area.

world Updated: Sep 19, 2009 18:55 IST

A French woman was attacked in Beijing near Tiananmen Square on Saturday, a French diplomat said, an attack that came two days after a man fatally knifed two people and injured 14 in the same area.

Today’s attack occurred just before noon local time near the south end of Tiananmen Square, with police capturing the attacker on the spot, a spokesman for the French Embassy in Beijing told AFP.

“The attack was not serious, the woman was not hurt seriously and has already rejoined her tourist group,” the spokesman said, declining to identify the victim.

Xinhua news agency reported that the elderly French woman had been rushed to hospital after the attacker, identified as Dou Mingxiang, 41, from east China’s Jiangxi province, slashed her.

Police are investigating the case, it added.

On Thursday, a 46-year-old man identified as Zhang Jianfei stabbed two people to death and wounded 14 others in Beijing, state media reported.

The attacks come amid heightened police patrols ahead of the October 1, National Day, which this year marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

A police statement reported that 14 people were hurt in the Thursday attack but did not confirm media reports that two had been killed.