Explosion outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing — lone suspect wounded

An explosive device went off outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on Thursday, wounding the lone assailant, the embassy said in a statement, but police described the weapon merely as a “fireworks device.”

The explosion happened on the street outside southeast corner of the embassy compound. Beijing police said the suspect, a 26-year-old man from China’s Inner Mongolia region, injured his hand and was taken to a hospital.

Police did not provide a motive. (Reuters)

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<p>Visa applicants wait to enter the U.S. Embassy near the site of an explosion in Beijing, Thursday, July 26, 2018. A man exploded a small homemade bomb outside the U.S. Embassy, injuring only himself, according to police and an embassy spokesperson. (Photo: Ng Han Guan/AP) </p>
Explosion outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing

Visa applicants wait to enter the U.S. Embassy near the site of an explosion in Beijing, Thursday, July 26, 2018. A man exploded a small homemade bomb outside the U.S. Embassy, injuring only himself, according to police and an embassy spokesperson. (Photo: Ng Han Guan/AP)

<p>Crime scene police put tree leaves into a bag near the blast site outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Andy Wong/AP) </p>
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Crime scene police put tree leaves into a bag near the blast site outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Andy Wong/AP)

<p>A paramilitary police officer stands guard near the site of a blast at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters) </p>
Explosion outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing

A paramilitary police officer stands guard near the site of a blast at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

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<p>A woman is dragged away by Chinese men moments after she was seen talking to journalists near the site of a reported explosion outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Ng Han Guan/AP) </p>
Explosion outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing

A woman is dragged away by Chinese men moments after she was seen talking to journalists near the site of a reported explosion outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Ng Han Guan/AP)

<p>People take photographs and record video footage of white markings on the ground outside the U.S. Embassy following an explosion in Beijing, Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Gilles Sabrie/Bloomberg via Getty Images) </p>
Explosion outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing

People take photographs and record video footage of white markings on the ground outside the U.S. Embassy following an explosion in Beijing, Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Gilles Sabrie/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

<p>Chinese paramilitary police march in formation past the site of an incident near the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Mark Schiefelbein/AP) </p>
Explosion outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing

Chinese paramilitary police march in formation past the site of an incident near the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Mark Schiefelbein/AP)

<p>People wait outside the U.S. Embassy, near the site of a blast in Beijing, China, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters) </p>
Explosion outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing

People wait outside the U.S. Embassy, near the site of a blast in Beijing, China, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

<p>A security agent gestures near the site of a blast outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters) </p>
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A security agent gestures near the site of a blast outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

<p>A dove and olive branch symbol is displayed behind a fence at the U.S. Embassy following an explosion in Beijing, China, on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Gilles Sabrie/Bloomberg via Getty Images) </p>
Explosion outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing

A dove and olive branch symbol is displayed behind a fence at the U.S. Embassy following an explosion in Beijing, China, on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Gilles Sabrie/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

<p>A crime scene policeman collects fragments at the site of an explosion outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Andy Wong/AP) </p>
Explosion outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing

A crime scene policeman collects fragments at the site of an explosion outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Andy Wong/AP)

<p>People wait in line outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Jason Lee/Reuters) </p>
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People wait in line outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Jason Lee/Reuters)

<p>A security worker is seen near the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters) </p>
Explosion outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing

A security worker is seen near the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

<p>Journalists are seen outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Peter/Reuters) </p>
Explosion outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing

Journalists are seen outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Peter/Reuters)

<p>A policeman carries a plastic bag after the blast outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Jason Lee/Reuters) </p>
Explosion outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing

A policeman carries a plastic bag after the blast outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Jason Lee/Reuters)

<p>Policemen take position at the site of a blast outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters) </p>
Explosion outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing

Policemen take position at the site of a blast outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

<p>Smoke rises from the street corner near the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, July 26, 2018 in this image obtained from social media. (Photo: Jin Song via Reuters) </p>
Explosion outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing

Smoke rises from the street corner near the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, July 26, 2018 in this image obtained from social media. (Photo: Jin Song via Reuters)

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