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China identifies suspect in Japan envoy’s car attack

Last Updated: Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 14:28

Tokyo: Chinese authorities have identified a man suspected of attacking the Japanese ambassador`s car in Beijing.

An official in the Beijing Public Security Bureau’s press office indicated the Japanese embassy would be contacted soon with the information.

According to The Japan Times, the official stressed that Tokyo would be notified about the outcome of the investigation as soon as possible.

Ambassador Uichiro Niwa’s car was attacked in Beijing on August 28 while he was returning to the embassy.

A man, believed to be a Chinese national, got out of the BMW from the front passenger side, took a Japanese flag from the ambassador`s car and ran away.

Some observers suggested the investigation into the incident was unlikely to be concluded quickly, as anti-Japan sentiment in China has intensified over the Senkaku territorial dispute.

According to the report, many Internet users have posted messages in Chinese praising the man who seized the flag as a hero.


First Published: Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 14:28

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