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Arsonist attacks Chinese Consulate-General in San Francisco

This news story was published on January 2, 2014.
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SAN FRANCICO – The Chinese Consulate-General in San Francisco was the victim of an apparent arson attack Wednesday evening.

According to a news release, on January 1, 2014, at 9:25pm, a person from a mini-van parking in front of the main entrance of the Chinese Consulate-General in San Francisco poured 2 buckets of gasoline onto the front door of the consulate, and then set it on fire, causing it severely damaged. San Francisco Police Department, Fire Department and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security of the US State Department arrived on the scene immediately in the wake of the attack. An investigation is now underway.

The U.S. State Department said in a statement Thursday that the United States is deeply concerned about the arson attack.

“We take this incident very seriously, and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security is working with the FBI and local authorities to investigate and apprehend the perpetrators,” spokeswoman Marie Harf said. “Department officials are communicating with Chinese officials to provide support and updates on the case.”

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