Blast reported outside US embassy in Beijing

Blast reported outside US embassy in Beijing

A single attacker detonated a bomb near the U.S. embassy in Beijing this morning, an embassy spokesperson said.

There were no injuries, other than to the bomber, the official and Chinese police said.

"There was an explosion at approximately 1 p.m. today in the public space off the South East corner of the Embassy compound," NBC cited the spokesperson as saying. "According to the Embassy's Regional Security Officer, there was one individual who detonated a bomb. Other than the bomber, there were no injuries. The local police responded."

Chinese police said a suspect detonated a firework-like device near the embassy and injured his hand. Police identified the bomber as a 26-year-old man surnamed Jiang from the Inner Mongolia region of the country. Officials did not provide a suspected motive.

Global Times reported that a witness said police took away a woman "spraying gasoline on herself" outside the embassy around 11 a.m. The state-run outlet said in a subsequent Twitter post that it was not "proved yet" that the incident was connected to the "alleged explosion" near the embassy that occurred later.

A witness told Reuters they saw Chinese police examining a vehicle outside the embassy, and another witness said there were seven to eight police vehicles near the embassy and the road next to the complex had been closed off.

Police did not immediately respond to the incident, the Associated Press reported.

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