Man in custody after detonating explosive device in Beijing

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A man suspected of detonating an explosive device in Chaoyang District of Beijing around 1 pm on Thursday has been taken into custody, police said.
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Security personnel and investigators work at the site of a blast outside the US Embassy in Beijing, China, on July 26, 2018. 

A man suspected of detonating an explosive device in Chaoyang District of Beijing around 1 pm on Thursday has been taken into custody, the Beijing municipal bureau of public security has said.

The man, surnamed Jiang, 26, from Tongliao in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, is believed to have set off an explosive device made from firecrackers at the intersection of Tianze Road and Anjialou Road in Chaoyang District, according to police.

Jiang injured his hand in the incident and was transferred to hospital. No other casualties were reported.

Police found a lighter, firecracker remnants and three unexploded firecrackers at the scene.

The police investigation and medical records show that Jiang was previously diagnosed with paranoid personality disorder, according to the bureau late Thursday.

His family told police that since the second half of 2016, Jiang had suffered regular visual and auditory hallucinations, once been hospitalized, received psychological counseling and not been able to return to work.

Further investigation is underway.


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