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A sword-wielding man shocked passers-by in Beijing on Thursday (Aug 13) afternoon when he suddenly attacked a man and a woman on the street.

It is unclear how the pair are related.

The International Business Times reported that the Beijing police later released a statement on Chinese social networking site Weibo that the man is French and the woman, Chinese.

Two videos taken of the attack, that have gone viral on Weibo, show graphic images of the injured pair on the sidewalk.

The woman was lying on the ground in a pool of her own blood.

The French man, while pressing one hand against his own wound on his torso, was trying to stem the woman's blood flow with his other hand.

According to the police statement, the attacker is a 25-year-old Chinese man (pictured below).


After he had stabbed the two victims, he walked around the same area swinging his sword.

When the police arrived and approached him, he didn't resist arrest.

According to The Shanghaiist, the suspect got down on the ground and was eventually led away from the scene of the crime.

The French man and woman were sent to a nearby hospital for emergency surgery.

The statement said doctors were unable to save the woman and she died from her injuries.

Source: International Business Times, The Shanghaiist, Beijing Public Security Bureau