Massive blast near US embassy in China
Published : Thursday, 26 July, 2018 at 1:21 PM Count : 830
US state department said a person detonated a bomb outside the US embassy in Beijing.
“There was an explosion at approximately 1pm on Thursday in the public space off the south-east corner of the embassy compound. According to the embassy’s regional security officer, there was one individual who detonated a bomb. Other than the bomber, there were no injuries. The local police responded,” a US embassy spokesperson told the Guardian.
Apart from the bomber, there were no other injuries reported and officials say police responded immediately, BBC reports.
Video and images posted on social media show smoke rising from the vicinity of the embassy in the heart of the Chinese capital with crowds gathering.
State media outlet Global Times tweeted local residents heard a "thunder-like bang" at 1330 local time (0530 GMT).
The BBC's Stephen McDonell at the scene says that normal activities have since resumed at the embassy, with people still lining up for visa applications.
There were earlier reports that police had taken away a woman who had tried to set herself on fire near the embassy at 11am local time, several hours before the reported blast.
It is unclear if the two incidents were linked.