Explosion reported outside the US Embassy in Beijing; suspect injured

Glen Norman
July 26, 2018

An explosion has been reported close to the United States embassy in central Beijing, according to multiple eyewitness reports on social media. Some witnesses claimed that they heard a blast, however, the nature of the explosion is yet to be determined.

No damage was done to embassy property and no other injuries were recorded, a US embassy spokesperson said, speaking on routine condition of anonymity.

No damage was done to embassy property and no other injuries were recorded, according to a USA embassy spokesperson.

A Chinese police SUV has been damaged in the incident.

An explosive device has been detonated in a public area at the USA embassy in Beijing, close to the main compound, said an embassy spokesperson to CNN.

Police gave his surname as Jiang, and said he was from the Inner Mongolia province.

"According to the embassy's regional security officer, there was one individual who detonated a bomb".

After the initial reports, news of the incident was very quickly censored on Chinese social media.

The video also shows the area cordoned off as police and security personnel attend to the scene.

Earlier, Chinese media reports claimed police took away a woman spraying petrol on herself in a suspected attempt at self-immolation.

The explosion happened in an area where there are a number of foreign embassies, including those of the US, Israel and South Korea.

The Global Times said on its Twitter account it was unclear whether there had been an explosion.

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