Kiwi tourist stabbed in 'random and unprovoked' attack in Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver, Canada.
Vancouver, Canada. Photo credit: Getty Images

A Kiwi tourist has been stabbed in a "completely random and unprovoked" attack in an area of Vancouver known for violent incidents. 

Vancouver police are investigating an unprovoked stabbing in the Granville Entertainment District - a downtown neighbourhood of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. 

Police said a 28-year-old visitor from New Zealand was allegedly stabbed from behind by a man not known to him on the corner of Nelson and Granville just before 8pm on Wednesday (local time). 

The Kiwi tourist was able to take himself to hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to police. 

Vancouver police confirmed no arrests have been made so far. 

"From what we know so far, this attack appears to be completely random and unprovoked," Constable Tania Visintin said.

"Investigators are looking for a man about 5'5" tall, with a medium complexion. He was wearing a white t-shirt, dark jeans, and a blue baseball cap."

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson told Newshub it's aware of the stabbing, but has not been approached for consular assistance.

The Granville Entertainment District in Vancouver has been a "problem for police", with various violent incidents over the past couple of years, according to local news outlet Daily Hive Vancouver.

Vancouver police told local media outlet Daily Hive the district is a "challenging area" to police due to the mix of business uses and demographics.