Man detonates small explosive device near US embassy in Beijing

Posted on: July 26th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Emmanuel Wong/Getty Images(BEIJING) — An explosion near the US embassy in Beijing appears to have injured only the alleged bomber, officials said.

The incident occurred around 1 p.m. local time in a public space off the southeast corner of the compound, according to a statement from a spokesperson at the U.S. embassy.

“There was one individual who detonated a bomb,” the spokesperson said. “Other than the bomber, there were no injuries. The local police responded.”

A 26-year-old man from Inner Mongolia detonated what authorities are calling “a firecracker device,” the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau wrote on its official Weibo account.

The suspect was identified as having the last name Jiang. He’s being treated at a local hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, authorities said.

The U.S. embassy building was not damaged, the spokesperson said.

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