Explosion outside US embassy in Beijing

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By Euronews
Explosion outside US embassy in Beijing

An explosion has been set off outside the US Embassy in Beijing.

The embassy said in a statement that a lone assailant had detonated a bomb at about 1pm local time, but police described the weapon as a "firework device".

Beijing police said the suspect, a 26-year-old man from China’s Inner Mongolia region, had injured his hand and been taken to hospital but no one else is believed to have been injured.

Police did not provide a motive.

The US embassy said the explosion happened on the street outside southeast corner of the embassy compound.

Witnesses described hearing a bang and feeling tremors.

“I’d just arrived ... and then heard a loud explosion about 100 meters away,” a 19-year-old high school student called Li told Reuters.

“I thought first there was a big car crash,” added 58-year-old Li Shaohui.

The embassy resumed normal operations less than an hour after the incident, their spokesperson confirmed.