Small Bomb Explosion Near US Embassy in Beijing
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.
A few plainclothes policemen are trying to scrub off marks on a sidewalk next to the American Embassy in Beijing. Pedestrians are asked to turn back. “Don’t take photos; otherwise you’ll be detained,” a policeman blocking the road said. pic.twitter.com/1d6GsaeQcE
— Xinyan Yu (@xinyanyu) July 26, 2018
Blast reported in Beijing near US embassy https://t.co/qVV73HFUaT
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 26, 2018
An explosion rocked the street outside the United States Embassy in Beijing on Thursday, rattling a diplomatically sensitive area in the Chinese capital https://t.co/BH8QJlJkfs
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 26, 2018
— RT (@RT_com) July 26, 2018
#UPDATE A 26-year-old Chinese man sets off a small explosive device outside the US embassy in Beijing, injuring his hand in the blast before being taken into custody https://t.co/gC1WJpudFW pic.twitter.com/ieX5tDKBV9
— AFP news agency (@AFP) July 26, 2018
— ANI (@ANI) July 26, 2018
The Latest: Chinese police say explosion outside U.S. Embassy in Beijing was caused by a small homemade device wielded by a 26-year-old man who hurt only himself. https://t.co/eBJPVS2Kje
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 26, 2018
Huge blast at US embassy in Beijing – reports pic.twitter.com/VUd1YZ5ogP
— Ruptly (@Ruptly) July 26, 2018
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) July 26, 2018
— APN NEWS (@apnnewsindia) July 26, 2018
Blast mark and blood outside US embassy in Beijing after explosion pic.twitter.com/k69sq1d45B
— Ruptly (@Ruptly) July 26, 2018
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 26, 2018
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