Further details about the blast remain unconfirmed. China’s online censors swiftly removed many reports of the incident and social media discussions about it, adding to the confusion. Searching for the latest news of the incident on Weibo, China’s rough equivalent of Twitter, yields no results other than variations of the same statement pushed by state-media outlets, while a hashtag search for “US embassy explosion” yields no results whatsoever.

The US embassy’s public affairs office couldn’t be reached for comment.

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