Small Bomb Explosion Near US Embassy in Beijing

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Australian News reported that a “low intensity” explosive device was detonated near the US Embassy in Beijing, China on Thursday afternoon. The device was a homemade creation that only harmed the man who set it off. The explosion injured his hand. No one at the embassy was injured.

The Chaoyang district is home to several foreign embassies, including US, India, Israel and South Korea. Tue US embassy is  behind a bulletproof glass wall. When the man attempted to throw his homemade device over that wall, it went off.  The man was reported attempting to draw attention to a human rights issue.

South China Morning News reported,

Beijing police said they believed the explosion was the result of “fireworks” by a 26-year-old man, identified by his surname Jiang, from Inner Mongolia. In Mandarin, “fireworks” is a broad term that can refer to anything from fire crackers to explosives.

Without referring to the embassy, the police said the explosion took place at the intersection of Tianze and Anjialou roads. Jiang was sent to the hospital after suffering minor hand injuries, and the incident was under investigation, police said.

The blast took place near where people line up for visas, but was heard all over the area. People went right back into the line when they learned it was an isolated incident.

“I heard a really loud noise, similar to a gun salute, less than 100 metres away from where I was. Everyone began running, and I was also pushed to run forward. I was very scared. When I turned around to look, there was white smoke as high as an electric pole…We were corralled into the visa line area, and then after a while, everything inside was normal again.” Witness Li

The motive is unclear. Earlier, a woman doused herself with gasoline, but was arrested before she could set herself on fire. It is unknown if the two incidents are related.

Police told people not to take pictures or they would be detained.

Featured photo: screenshot via Twitter

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