A family of four, including a Filipina doctor, her husband and her children, were reportedly among the victims of the described “terrorist attack” at Tiananmen Square on Monday.
The mother was among the five killed during the attack when the suspects’ car drove into a crowd in the square, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) was reported as saying in a ABS CBNnews.com article.
“We don’t know yet the nature of the mother’s injury that caused her death,” DFA Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez was quoted as saying.
The woman’s husband and two daughters were two of 38 injured in the attack.
“The father and one of the daughters have suffered a fractured thigh while the other daughter sustained a minor sprain,” Hernandez said.
The woman has been identified as Dr. RizaLina Bunyi, an obstetrician gynecologist based in Imus, Cavite, according to an interview with Dr. Leo Olarte of the Philippine Medical Association (PMA).
The family was reportedly on vacation in Beijing when the crash happened.
The Los Angeles Times earlier managed to get an interview with Nelson Bunyi, the woman’s husband, right after the attack.
The man, who suffered a fractured leg, described being on the sidewalk with his family as the vehicle sped toward them.
“A lot of people were running and jumping, but it was too late for me,” said Bunyi, who was interviewed in a hospital bed. “It was a white car and it was coming very, very fast. I fell to the ground. I remember there was smoke, not much else.”
As of now, five Uygurs from various parts of the Xinjian region are being held in connection to the attack.
A Japanese tourist was another victim injured during the attack, but still not much information has been released about his condition.
“Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tokyo would seek information about the incident through diplomatic channels,” according to SCMP.