Man sets off explosive outside U.S. embassy in Beijing

A 26-year-old Chinese man set off a small explosive outside the U.S. embassy in Beijing on Thursday, sending smoke into the air and injuring his hand before security officials rushed to the scene and took him into custody, the police said.

Chinese police said no one else was injured in the incident, which took place near the area where visa applicants typically line up to enter the embassy for interviews. The explosion was set off by a man from China’s Inner Mongolia region surnamed Jiang, the police said, adding that his injuries were not life-threatening. The police did not indicate a possible motive.

“We heard a rather strong explosion around 1 p.m. so we went out on the street to have a look, but very soon the police had cordoned off the area,” said a witness, who declined to be identified.

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