Beijing police probe blast outside US Embassy

A Chinese police officer stands guard outside the US Embassy after a blast near the US embassy area in Beijing, on July 26, 2018.
A Chinese police officer stands guard outside the US Embassy after a blast near the US embassy area in Beijing, on July 26, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Police in China are investigating an explosion yesterday outside the United States Embassy in Beijing.

A man from the Inner Mongolia region set off a small, homemade device that triggered a commotion at the scene. The assailant suffered an injury to his hand that was not life-threatening. No one else was hurt.

Police said the suspect is a 26-year-old man surnamed Jiang, but did not indicate a possible motive. He has been taken into custody.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang called the blast "an isolated public security incident". It comes amid a trade dispute between the US and China, with both sides imposing tariffs on billions of dollars worth of goods.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 27, 2018, with the headline 'Beijing police probe blast outside US Embassy'. Print Edition | Subscribe