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At least three people have been viciously beaten by Chinese militia outside the gates of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, diplomats said Tuesday.

An embassy spokeswoman confirmed the attacks and said the matter had been raised with Chinese authorities.In the most brutal incident, a Chinese man was knocked to the ground and kicked in the head until he bled profusely within sight of the embassy gates, a witness said.

Diplomatic sources reported at least three attacks on Chinese who approached the embassy in recent weeks by armed militia guards posted outside the entrance.