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American Stabbed to Death Near Tiananmen Square in Beijing

July 12 (Bloomberg) -- A 62-year-old American who is the husband of a Procter & Gamble Co. employee was stabbed to death in downtown Beijing yesterday by a man with a history of mental problems, Chinese police said.

Howard Thomas Mills, who arrived in Beijing on July 3, was attacked at the end of a narrow alleyway that’s about a five-minute walk from Tiananmen Square, Beijing’s Public Security Bureau said in a statement posted on its official Weibo microblog account last night.

A 35-year-old man identified as An Libo was arrested in the killing, according to the statement. An suffers from a mental disorder and was detained after he attacked and robbed people in Shanghai in January, according to the statement.

The U.S. is aware of media coverage of the stabbing and cannot release any information because of privacy laws, U.S. Embassy spokesman Nolan Barkhouse said by phone.

Mills is married to a Procter & Gamble employee, company spokesman Rene Co said in an e-mail today. Mills was accompanying his wife on a business trip to China from their home in the Cincinnati area, WCPO TV, the ABC affiliate in Cincinnati, said on its website.

To contact the reporter on this story: Yidi Zhao in Beijing at yzhao7@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Hirschberg at phirschberg@bloomberg.net

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