2 Russian Embassy Staff Dead, 4 Others Killed in Suicide Bomb Blast in Kabul

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By Reuters
September 5Afghanistanshare
2 Russian Embassy Staff Dead, 4 Others Killed in Suicide Bomb Blast in Kabul
A boy who was wounded after a suicide bomber detonated explosives near the entrance of the Russian embassy, is treated inside a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sept. 5, 2022. (Ali Khara/Reuters)

KABUL—Two Russian embassy staff in Kabul were among six people killed when a suicide bomber detonated explosives near the entrance of the embassy, in a blast that injured at least 10 others, the Russian Foreign Ministry and Afghan officials said on Monday.

Police said the attacker was shot dead by armed guards as he approached the gate, in one of the first such attacks since the Taliban took power last year.

“The suicide attacker before reaching the target, was recognized and shot by Russian embassy [Taliban] guards … there is no information about casualties yet,” Mawlawi Sabir, the head of the police district where the attack took place, told Reuters.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that an unknown militant set off an explosive device near the entrance to the consular section of the embassy around at 10:50 a.m. Kabul time.

“As a result of the attack, two employees of the diplomatic mission were killed, and there are also victims among Afghan citizens,” the ministry said.

The four others killed were Afghan civilians, Khalid Zadran, a Kabul police spokesman said.

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A medic checks an X-ray film of a man who was wounded after a suicide bomber detonated explosives near the entrance of the Russian embassy, inside a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sept. 5, 2022. (Ali Khara/Reuters)

Russia is one of the few countries to have maintained an embassy in Kabul after the Taliban terrorist group took over the country more than a year ago. Although Moscow does not officially recognize the Taliban, they have been in talks with officials over an agreement to supply gasoline and other commodities.

The United Nations’ mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned the blast.

“In light of recent events, UNAMA stresses the need for the de facto authorities to take steps to ensure the safety and security of the people as well as diplomatic missions,” the UN wrote on Twitter, in reference to the Taliban.

During the decades-long Taliban-led attacks against the Western-backed Afghan government, bombings targeting foreign missions were a regular occurrence in Kabul, especially in recent years, with embassies and hotels fortifying themselves with razor wire and blast walls.

Such incidents have decreased dramatically since the terrorist group swept to power in August 2021.

Since then, attacks—some of them claimed by the ISIS terrorist group—mainly targeted the Taliban and civilian targets such as mosques.

No group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s blast.

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