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Arson attack on Chinese Consulate in San Francisco
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Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army's guard of honour hold flags in front of Beijing's Tiananmen Square during the official welcoming ceremony for Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing August 26, 2013. Nikolic is on a five-day visit to China. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic
Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army's guard of honour hold flags in front of Beijing's Tiananmen Square during the official welcoming ceremony for Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing August 26, 2013. Nikolic is on a five-day visit to China. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic
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BEIJING: The Chinese Consulate in San Francisco says part of its compound was damaged in an arson attack and urged American authorities to protect the safety of its diplomats and its premises.

The consulate said in a notice on its website that a person came out of a van parked outside the compound Wednesday night with two buckets of gasoline, poured the fuel on the front of the consulate building and set it on fire.

The notice said the fire caused serious damage and that San Francisco's police and fire departments arrived at the scene. A telephone message left with the San Francisco Police Department wasn't immediately returned.

The notice called the incident "a sabotage of a vile nature" and said China has urged U.S. authorities to launch an immediate investigation.

 
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