Man arrested following explosion near US embassy in Beijing

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A security guard near the US embassy in Beijing, China July 26, 2018. (Reuters)

Eyewitnesses report smoke and what appeared to be police vehicles surrounding the vast structure in northeastern Beijing on Thursday afternoon.
A suspected “firework device” exploded outside the US Embassy in Beijing on Thursday, wounding the 26-year-old male suspect and no one else, police said.

The explosion was caused by a small homemade device wielded by a 26-year-old man who hurt only himself, injuring his hand.

A police statement identified the man only by his surname, Jiang, and said he was from the city of Tongliao in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia.

The embassy, in a separate statement, described the device as a bomb. It said police had responded but did not offer further details.

The state-run Global Times newspaper said earlier police took away a woman who sprayed herself with gasoline in what was suspected to be a self-immolation attempt outside the embassy. 

Eyewitnesses say an explosion has taken place outside the US embassy in Beijing.  Local media said there was a suspected attempt at self-immolation.

Photos posted on Twitter showed a large amount of smoke and what appeared to be police vehicles surrounding the vast structure in northeastern Beijing on Thursday afternoon.

Chinese police took away a woman who sprayed herself in what was suspected to be a self-immolation attempt outside the embassy, state-run Global Timesreported.

Witnesses reported a large security presence, with seven to eight police vehicles near the embassy and the road next to the complex closed off.

China and the US are in the middle of a trade dispute, but America remains a hugely popular destination for travel, education and immigration for Chinese.

Samantha Vargas has more for TRT World, from Beijing.

Source: AP

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