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The Wall Street Journal: Man detonates explosive device at U.S. Embassy in Beijing, injuring only himself

A man detonated an explosive device outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on Thursday, injuring himself but no one else, police said.

The explosion happened about 1 p.m. local time just outside the embassy’s southeast corner, an embassy spokesman said. The embassy confirmed that the man who detonated the device was the only person injured.

Police said the man, identified as a 26-year-old surnamed Jiang from Inner Mongolia, hurt his own hand after setting off a “firecracker-like” device. The investigation into the case is continuing, police said.

The embassy is in an area of other diplomatic compounds, offices and hotels in northeastern Beijing, and the explosion occurred near the area where people line up to enter the consular section for visa services.

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