Suicide bombing in Kabul kills two Russian embassy staff and four others

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KABUL – Two staff members of the Russian embassy in Kabul were among six people killed when a suicide bomber detonated explosives near the entrance to the embassy, ​​in an explosion that injured at least 10 other people , the Russian Foreign Ministry and Afghan officials announced on Monday.

The attack was claimed by the Islamic State militant group on its Telegram channel.

Men injured after a suicide bomber detonated explosives near the entrance to the Russian embassy are treated at a hospital in Kabul on September 5, 2022.
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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 bomber before reaching the target was recognized and shot dead by the guards of the Russian (Taliban) embassy…there is no information on the casualties yet,” Mawlawi Sabir, chief of staff, told Reuters. of the police district where the attack took place.

A doctor checks an X-ray film of a man who was injured inside a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 5, 2022.
A doctor checks an X-ray film of a man who was injured inside a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 5, 2022.
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The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that an unknown militant detonated an explosive device near the entrance to the embassy’s consular section around 10:50 a.m. Kabul time.

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

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

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

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

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

The spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry in Afghanistan said the Taliban forces would take serious steps to secure the embassies operating in the country.

A boy who was injured after a suicide bomber detonated explosives is treated at a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan September 5, 2022.
A boy who was injured after a suicide bomber detonated explosives is treated at a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan September 5, 2022.
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“(The government) maintains close relations with Russia; we will never let such negative actions of enemies have a negative impact on the relationship,” spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi said in a statement.

During the decades-long Taliban insurgency against the Western-backed Afghan government, bombings targeting foreign missions were commonplace in Kabul, especially in recent years embassies and hotels fortifying with barbed wire and blast walls.

These incidents have decreased significantly since the insurgent group seized power in August 2021.

A member of the Afghan security forces stands guard near the site of an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 5, 2022.
A member of the Afghan security forces stands guard near the site of an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 5, 2022.
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However, the Taliban have faced an insurgency from the Afghan affiliate of the militant group Islamic State.

Attacks so far have targeted the Taliban and civilian targets such as mosques.

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