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Small explosive detonated outside U.S. embassy in Beijing

View of U.S. embassy in Beijing
The view of the U.S. embassy after the explosion. Photo: Emmanuel Wong/Getty Images

A 26-year-old man detonated a small explosive device outside of the U.S. embassy in Beijing on Thursday, injuring himself but causing no further damage or loss of life.

Why it matters: Security incidents are considered extremely rare in the Chinese capital — where protests are tightly controlled — and all references to the explosion were censored from social media platforms WeChat and Weibo within hours, according to CNN.