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Arsonist strikes Chinese consulate in San Francisco

Published on Jan 2, 2014 8:36 PM
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SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - The Chinese consulate in San Francisco was heavily damaged after an unidentified person set fire to the main gate, the consulate said in a statement on Thursday, in a rare attack on a Chinese mission overseas.

The consulate said the suspect was in a van parked in front of the consulate on Wednesday night, and carried two cans of gasoline to the main gate before setting it ablaze. According to another report, no one was injured in the attack.

"We strongly condemn this vicious, destructive act of arson towards the American consulate of China, which severely damaged the facilities and threatened the safety of consulate personnel and others," the statement said.

The consulate said it was working with U.S. authorities, and urged them to solve the crime quickly.

 
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