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Man detonates small explosive device outside U.S. Embassy in Beijing

Chinese security personnel stand outside the U.S. Embassy, in the background, after a reported blast
Chinese security personnel stand outside the U.S. Embassy after a small homemade bomb exploded nearby July 26 in Beijing.
(Mark Schiefelbein / Associated Press)

A man exploded a small homemade bomb outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on Thursday, injuring only himself, according to police and an embassy spokesperson.

Photos on social media showed a large amount of smoke and police vehicles surrounding the embassy shortly after the incident. Apart from a heightened security presence, the scene outside appeared to be normal by early afternoon.

The Beijing Police Department posted a statement on its website identifying the suspect only by his surname, Jiang, and said he was 26 years old and a native of Tongliao city in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia. He suffered a hand injury from the explosive device, which was made from fireworks and was detonated at about 1 p.m., police said.

There was no word on a motive and the statement said the investigation was continuing.

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No damage was done to embassy property and no other injuries were recorded, a U.S. Embassy spokesperson said, speaking on routine condition of anonymity.

Only one person was involved and police responded to the situation, the spokesperson said.

Neither the police nor the embassy had any comment on a report by the ruling Communist Party newspaper Global Times that said officers had earlier removed a women from outside the embassy who had sprayed gasoline on herself in a “suspected attempt at self-immolation” at around 11 a.m.


UPDATES:

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1 a.m. July 26: This article was updated with additional details throughout.

This article was originally published at 11:10 p.m.


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