Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Bomb detonated at U.S. embassy in Beijing

Bomb detonated at U.S. embassy in Beijing

"Other than the bomber, there were no injuries", the U.S. Embassy spokesperson said.

A possible explosion took place outside the USA embassy in Beijing, China on Thursday morning.

Photos on social media showed a large amount of smoke and police vehicles surrounding the embassy after the incident. Beijing police said the suspect, a 26-year-old man from the city of Tongliao in China's Inner Mongolia region, had injured his hand.

Video has emerged showing police frantically taping off an area around what appears to be a damaged patrol vehicle.

Apart from the US Embassy, Chaoyang District is home to many foreign diplomatic missions. The investigation into the case is continuing, police said.

The US Embassy in Beijing. Radio Free Asia cites an eye witness who says a man meant to throw a homemade explosive device at the embassy, but that it exploded.

Witnesses told Reuters they heard an explosion near the embassy and felt tremors.

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Despite the explosion, police did not cordon off the area around the embassy, as sometimes happens when there are street protests or concerns of terrorist attacks.

NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports from the embassy that visa applicants were still lining up outside.

Witnesses also saw the immolation attempt hours before the blast.

There have not previously been any attacks on USA embassies or consulates in China.

It was not immediately known if the two incidents were related.

The state-run Global Times earlier reported that a woman spraying petrol on herself had been taken away from outside the U.S. embassy on Thursday morning in what appeared to be a separate incident.

Security incidents are highly unusual in the tightly-policed Chinese capital.

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