December 15, 2011 09:19
A small projectile apparently fired from an air gun left a large crack on the window of the Korean Embassy in Beijing amid tensions after the killing of a Korean coast guard by a Chinese fisherman. The act appears to have been an expression of outrage at Korea.
The Korean Embassy on Wednesday said a staffer discovered the crack between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday on a window on the first floor of the building. The 7 mm metal projectile did not penetrate the window and fell on the ground after impact. But there were no witnesses since the attack occurred at lunchtime. Nobody was injured.
The Korean Embassy alerted Chinese police and asked for a thorough investigation and measures to prevent further attacks. Chinese police conducted two separate on-site investigations on Tuesday and Wednesday and bolstered security around the embassy.
Possession of firearms by civilians is prohibited in China, but air guns are allowed.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin told a regular press briefing on Wednesday that China was paying close attention to this incident and that police were investigating. Regarding the killing of the Korean Coast Guard commando, who was trying to board a trawler that was illegally fishing in Korean waters, Liu said, "We already expressed our regret" and added that he hoped the incident would not affect overall relations between the two countries.
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