Explosion outside the US Embassy in Beijing

Eyewitnesses say online an explosion has taken place outside the US Embassy in Beijing

Beijing: A person detonated a bomb outside the US embassy in Beijing, according to the US state department.

“There was an explosion at approximately 1pm today in the public space off the south-east corner of the embassy compound. According to the embassy’s regional security officer, there was one individual who detonated a bomb. Other than the bomber, there were no injuries. The local police responded,” a US embassy spokesperson told the Guardian.

Videos posted on social media showed smoke filling an intersection as groups of pedestrians gathered and police surrounded the vast structure in north-eastern Beijing on Thursday afternoon. Roads near the embassy were blocked.

Police did not immediately respond to comments on the incident.

State-run Global Times said a woman spraying gasoline on herself was taken away from outside the US embassy earlier on Thursday morning, according to witnesses. It later posted on Twitter that it has not been confirmed whether this incident was related to the reported explosion.

China and the US are in the middle of a trade dispute, but America remains a hugely popular destination for travel, education and immigration for Chinese.

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