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>> A damaged police car in front of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, where authorities say a bomb went off early afternoon on Thursday. According to an embassy official, it happened on the street outside the embassy compound, and other than the bomber, there were no injuries. At the same time, State Media reported that a woman had been taken away by Chinese police after spraying herself with gasoline in what was suspected to be a self-immolation attempt outside the embassy.
And this woman was bundled into a car after sharing photos and videos of the incident with journalists. It wasn't clear whether the men were plainclothes police. State Media initially denied reports of an explosion, saying it couldn't be verified. And video of the incident was swiftly deleted off social media.
But police later said a firework device had detonated, and identified the suspect as a 26 year old man from Mongolia. No motive has emerged yet. China and the United States are locked in an escalating trade dispute sparked by Washington.
slapped $34 billion worth of tariffs on each others goods.
But there has been no ground swell of rage or boycott reported on China's heavily censored social media. Crowds were still queuing for US visas after the explosion, and the embassy resumed normal operations almost immediately.