An explosive device was detonated in a public area at the US embassy in Beijing, close to the main compound, US officials have confirmed. According to the US embassy spokesperson, the only person injured was the individual who detonated the explosive device as police reported prompt response to the bombing.
A small amount of debris was found at the scene of the explosion, which occurred at about 1 p.m. local time on Thursday. Video and images posted on social media showed smoke rising from the vicinity of the embassy in the heart of the Chinese capital with crowds gathering.
Witnesses said normal activities have since resumed at the embassy, with people still lining up for visa applications.