Two Russian Embassy workers dead and four others killed in Kabul suicide bombing – Reuters
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.
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 by the Russian Embassy [Taliban] guards…there is no information on casualties yet,” said Mawlawi Sabir, the chief of the police district where the attack took place. Reuters.
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.
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.
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 group took power in August 2021.
Since then, attacks – some claimed by the Islamic State militant group – have mainly targeted the Taliban and civilian targets such as mosques.
No group claimed responsibility for Monday’s explosion.
Pakistan condemns ‘despicable suicide bombing’
Pakistan strongly condemned the “despicable suicide bombing”, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (FO).
“An attack on a diplomatic mission is a matter of grave concern and is denounced in the strongest possible terms,” the press release noted, adding that the government and people of Pakistan expressed their “sincere sympathy” to Russia.
“We also extend our condolences to all the bereaved families who have lost loved ones and pray for the speedy recovery of those injured.”
The FO said Pakistan condemns terrorism in “all its forms and manifestations and reiterates its determination to eliminate this threat”.
She added that the “scourge of terrorism” was a common threat that required concerted efforts to deal with it effectively.
Additional reporting by Naveed Siddiqui.