Aug. 10, 2008, 12:57 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) President Bush has praised China's leadership for its quick response to a deadly attack on two Americans and their Chinese tour guide.

The president expressed his appreciation to Chinese President Hu Jintao before they sat down Sunday for a meeting.

Hu expressed "profound sympathy" to Bush and the family members of the victims. Hu says the Chinese government takes the matter vary seriously and is investigating.

The two Americans - parents of 2004 volleyball Olympian Elisabeth "Wiz" Bachman and in-laws of U.S. men's volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon - were attacked by a Chinese man Saturday while visiting the 13th-century Drum Tower. Todd Bachman was killed, his wife Barbara was gravely injured and their Chinese tour guide also was wounded.

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