An American teacher was stabbed to death while attending a Christian youth meeting in Wuhan, a newspaper reported yesterday. The victim was identified as Bruce Morrison, a 37-year-old instructor at the Hubei Institute of Technology. Little is known about the attack. A brief report appearing in yesterday's Yangtze River Daily, based in Wuhan, said the teacher was stabbed by Gong Zhili, who was identified as a Christian, at an auditorium in the Wuchang district of the provincial capital on Saturday afternoon. Morrison was attending a party sponsored by the Christian Youth League. The report said he was stabbed in the abdomen and died in a city hospital. Wuhan authorities contacted yesterday refused to say whether the alleged assailant, who was arrested at the scene, knew Morrison. A US Embassy spokesperson confirmed an American citizen had been killed in Wuhan. 'The embassy has been in touch with the family and local authorities about the matter,' said the spokesperson. Asked whether the embassy would issue a warning to American nationals living on the mainland in the aftermath of the attack, the spokesperson said: 'The possible relevance of this case to other people's situation is impossible to determine at this point.' Violence against foreigners remains rare in China. Businessmen are the main targets. Last year, Liu Fuyuan and Liu Fuming, two Taiwan factory managers working in Dongguan, Guangdong, were bludgeoned to death with pipes as they slept. One of the accused had been fired from the factory the Liu brothers managed and was reportedly seeking revenge. However, the attack on Morrison gives another indication that overseas nationals do not have protection from the country's rising crime rates. The most brutal attack against foreigners in recent years occurred in April when four Jiangsu men broke into the Nanjing home of Jurgen Pfrang. They butchered the 51-year-old German automobile executive, together with his wife and two teenage children. The killers, who ranged in age from 18 and 21, claimed they had entered the Pfrangs' home to steal but ended up killing the family when they were discovered. If the case of the Taiwanese businessmen provides any indication, Morrison's alleged killer may be tried quickly and if found guilty put to death. The four were tried in May and executed four months later.