July 26, 2018 / 7:16 AM / 24 days ago

'Firework device' explodes outside U.S. Embassy in China, slightly wounding suspect: police

BEIJING (Reuters) - A suspected “firework device” exploded outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on Thursday wounding the 26-year-old male suspect and no one else, police said.

A security personnel removes objects into paper folders near the U.S. embassy in Beijing, China July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

The embassy, in a separate statement, described the device as a bomb. It said police had responded but did not offer further details. Police said only the suspect was wounded, suffering an injury to his hand.

The state-run Global Times newspaper said earlier police took away a woman who sprayed herself with gasoline in what was suspected to be a self-immolation attempt outside the embassy.

Reporting by Beijing Newsroom; Editing by Nick Macfie

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