Yesterday, two expat women were attacked by a mentally unstable Chinese woman with a cleaver in China’s capital city.
According to The Beijinger, the attacks took place in an area north of Beijing’s popular Sanlitun district. As one Jamaican woman was walking on the street just after leaving church on Sunday morning, she was approached by a middle-aged Chinese woman.
“Do you speak Chinese?” the woman asked in Mandarin, before suddenly pulling out a meat cleaver and slashing at the Jamaican woman.
After sustaining injuries to her hands and face, the expat woman fled and the attacker was surrounded by fellow church-goers. Police arrived quickly and took the Chinese woman away.
Meanwhile, the Jamaican woman was transported to a nearby hospital. There she was treated along with another expat woman, reportedly from France, who had been attacked by the same woman 30 minutes earlier while riding her bike. The Beijinger reports that the French victim said that her assailant yelled “American, American!” in Chinese during the attack.
Both women’s injuries are not said to be severe. Police have not said what the motive was for the woman’s attack.
The shocking incident brings to mind one that occurred last year in Sanlitun, in which a crazed man stabbed a Chinese woman with a sword outside of a Beijing shopping mall.
More often, knives and cleavers are the weapons of choice for China’s mentally unstable. Generally though, China is very safe place to be a foreigner — with a few exceptions.
Of course, expats are also known to give back as good as they get, from foreign teachers who snap to foreign juveniles causing trouble.
[Images via The Beijinger]