Attacker Sets Fire at Chinese Consulate in San Francisco

The F.B.I. is leading an investigation into a fire that was set Wednesday night at the main entrance of the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco, reports the New York Times.

The consulate denounced the attack as “despicable” and demanded that the United States move quickly to find those responsible.

An F.B.I. spokesman in San Francisco, Peter Lee, said that the fire had been started by an “incendiary device,” but that it did not appear to have been a bomb. He said the fire had caused significant damage to the building’s doors and had charred a large part of the consulate’s exterior before firefighters were able to put it out.

Mr. Lee said the F.B.I., along with the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security and the San Francisco Police Department, was investigating.

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