single attacker detonated a bomb near the U.S. embassy in Beijing on
Thursday, an embassy spokesperson told NBC News.
There were no injuries, other than to the bomber, the official and
Chinese police said.
"There was an explosion at approximately 1 p.m. today in the public
space off the South East corner of the Embassy compound," the
spokesperson told NBC. "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."
Chinese police said a suspect detonated a firework-like device near the
embassy and injured his hand. Police identified the bomber as a
26-year-old man surnamed Jiang from the Inner Mongolia region of the
country. Officials did not provide a suspected motive.
The New York Times reported that the blast was heard blocks away in the
Chinese media outlet Global Times reported on Twitter that a witness
said police took away a woman "spraying gasoline on herself" outside the
embassy around 11 a.m. The state-run outlet said in a subsequent Twitter
post that it was not "proved yet" that the incident was connected to the
explosion near the embassy that occurred later.
Despite that earlier altercation, local media reported that a Foreign
Ministry spokesperson said the afternoon’s explosion was an isolated
A witness told Reuters they saw Chinese police examining a vehicle
outside the embassy, and another witness said there were seven to eight
police vehicles near the embassy and the road next to the complex had
been closed off.