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, said Russian Foreign Ministry and Afghan officials announced on Monday.
The attack was claimed by the Islamic State militant group on its Telegram channel.
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 Embassy (Taliban) … there is no information on the casualties yet,” he told Reuters. Mawlawi Sabir, chief of the police district where the attack took place.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that an unknown militant detonated an explosive device near the entrance to the consular section of the embassy 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.