Four US college instructors injured in China stabbing attack

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Four US college instructors injured in China stabbing attack

YEREVAN, JUNE 11, ARMENPRESS. Four US college instructors teaching inChinahave been stabbed while visiting a busy public park, CNN reports. They are in hospital.

The educators from Cornell College, a private liberal arts collegein Mount Vernon, Iowa, were participating in a partnership program with Beihua University in the city of Jilin, in northeastern China.

Footage purportedly showing the aftermath of the daylight attack, which emerged on Chinese social media on Monday but was swiftly censored, showed two men and a woman lying on the ground covered in large blood stains, surrounded by onlookers, CNN adds. They appeared conscious and were talking on their cell phones, the video showed.

CNN geolocated the video of the attack to Beishan Park, a popular green spacein Jilin city center, less than half an hour’s drive from Beihua University. Monday was a public holiday in China.

China’s Foreign Ministry confirmed Tuesday that “four foreign teachers at Beihua University were attacked” while visiting Beishan Park in Jilin on Monday morning, adding they were immediately taken to hospital and did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

According to the ministry spokesperson, the police initially determined that the case was an isolated incident, it is currently under further investigation.

Details of the attack, including the motive and the identity of the assailant or assailants, remained unclear on Tuesday.

Iowa state representative Adam Zabner told CNN his brother, David Zabner, was one of the victims of the stabbing.


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