A man detonated Thursday a device outside the U.S. embassy in Beijing

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A large amount of smoke was generated. The blast was heard blocks away in the city. The man’s hand was injured in the explosion and he was sent to hospital. His life is not in danger. No other person was injured. The incident did not damage any embassy property. The police immediately evacuated the area and cordoned the embassy, in the capital’s Chaoyang district, was immediately cordoned off by authorities following the incident.Visa service at the embassy was temporarily affected but it soon resumed.

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Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Thursday that the incident is an isolated one. A US embassy spokesperson issued a statement confirming there was no damage to embassy. The police immediately responded to the incident, it added. Police in Beijing said they were investigating the explosion on Thursday. ficials did not provide a suspected motive. Attacks on sites in the Chinese capital are rare. After the initial reports, news of the incident was very quickly censored on Chinese social media. Within hours almost all mention of the explosion had been wiped clean from WeChat and Weibo, leaving only the official police statements. The US Embassy in Beijing, which opened in 2008, is one of the most secure in the world.

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