I have nothing to add to this Xinhua news flash, as Weibo is quiet at the moment:
A foreign man is dead after being stabbed in downtown Beijing on Wednesday afternoon, local police said.
The foreigner, whose nationality remains unknown, was stabbed by an unidentified assailant at 3:20 p.m. at the entrance to Qudeng Alley in Xicheng district, the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau said.
The assailant has been apprehended by police officers who were on patrol near the scene of the attack.
The incident is under investigation.
Obviously we’ve heard of assault on foreigners, including stabbings in this very city, and foreigners beating other foreigners bloody, but this is the first death I’ve seen reported in a long time. Updates as they become available, and if you know anything about this, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE, 7/11, 12:23 am: We now know the victim was 62-year-old American Howard Thomas Mills. According to Xinhua:
The 62-year-old victim, named Howard Thomas Mills, was killed at 3:20 p.m. at the entrance to Qudeng Alley in Xicheng district, according to a written statement issued by the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau on Wednesday night.
Mills arrived in China on July 3 with an ordinary passport, said the statement.
The suspect, An Libo, was apprehended by police officers who were on patrol near the scene of the attack.
An, 35, is a native of Zhaozhou county in the city of Daqing, northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province. He arrived in Beijing on Wednesday morning by train from his hometown.
Believed to suffer from a mental disorder, An was found to have attacked and robbed people using a knife in Shanghai in January and then sent back to his hometown, said the statement.
Google and social media searches for “Howard Thomas Mills” didn’t turn up anything.