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US consulate staff in China warned of potential 'sonic attack'


US consulate staff in China have been told to beware of "unusual sounds" after an employee reported mystery hearing and vision symptoms.

In a statement, the employee was said to have experienced "subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure", which officials are saying could be indicative of a sonic attack.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the incident was "medically similar" to a recent suspected sonic attacks on diplomatic staff in Cuba.

He added that medical teams were on their way to Guangzhou, where the US embassy is located, to investigate.

"We are working to figure out what took place, both in Havana and in now in China as well," Pompeo said.

"We've asked the Chinese for their assistance in doing that and they have committed to honouring their commitments under the Vienna convention to keep American foreign service officers safe."

According to the BBC, the US state department said it was taking the incident "very seriously", but had not...(continued)

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