Authorities respond to an explosion near the US Embassy in Beijing

US State DepartmentThe US Embassy in Beijing.
  • A man detonated a bomb near the US Embassy in Beijing on Thursday, according to an embassy spokesperson.
  • The individual, identified as a 26-year-old man from the inner Mongolia region, was the only one injured in the incident and his condition was not immediately known.
  • One witness reportedly said that prior to the explosion, a woman was taken away by police after spraying gasoline on herself outside – it was unclear if the incident was related to the explosion.

Local authorities in Beijing are responding to an explosion after one person detonated the device near the US Embassy in Beijing at around 1 p.m. local time, an embassy spokesperson said to China’s state-run newspaper Global Times.

The individual, identified as a 26-year-old man from the inner Mongolia region, was the only one injured in the incident and his condition was not immediately known.

One witness said she heard the explosion and saw a cloud of smoke near where visa applicants stand in line outside the US Embassy, according to The Financial Times. The witness also reportedly said the area was under lockdown.

Another person said a woman was taken away by police after spraying gasoline on herself outside the US Embassy at around 11 a.m., according to The Global Times. It was unclear if the incident was related to the explosion.

India’s ambassador to China, Gautam Bambawle, who was reportedly at the nearby Indian Embassy, said he heard the explosion and described it as a low-intensity blast, according to Republic TV anchor Aditya Raj Kaul.

Unverified videos that appear to have been captured from the scene show smoke and law-enforcement officials responding to an incident:

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