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Explosion hits US embassy compound in capital city of Ukraine

EXPLOSION HITS US EMBASSY COMPOUND IN CAPITAL CITY OF UKRAINE

Police in the Ukrainian capital Kiev said on Thursday someone hurled an explosive device onto the grounds of the U.S. embassy.

A bomb attack targeted early Thursday the U.S. embassy in Ukraine, the Kiev Police Department said.

No casualties were reported after an unidentified perpetrator threw an explosive device into the compound of the diplomatic mission, according to a statement on Facebook.

An operation is underway to nab the attacker, it said, calling the attack "an act of terrorism".

The U.S. embassy confirmed on its Facebook account that there was a "security incident" involving a "small incendiary" device after midnight at the compound.

It said there was no damage to the property and no personnel were injured.

"At this time, we do not consider this incident a terrorist act. The Embassy is working closely with our local partners, and the investigation is ongoing," the statement added.

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