KABUL – Two Russian embassy employees in Kabul had been amongst six individuals killed when a suicide bomber detonated explosives close to the doorway of the embassy, in a blast that injured a minimum of 10 others, the Russian Overseas Ministry and Afghan officers stated on Monday.
The assault was claimed by Islamic State militant group on its channel on Telegram.
Police stated the attacker was shot useless by armed guards as he approached the gate, in one of many first such assaults for the reason that Taliban took energy final 12 months.
“The suicide attacker earlier than reaching the goal, was recognised and shot by Russian embassy (Taliban) guards … there isn’t a details about casualties but,” Mawlawi Sabir, the pinnacle of the police district the place the assault came about, informed Reuters.
The Russian Overseas Ministry stated in an announcement that an unknown militant set off an explosive machine close to the doorway to the consular part of the embassy round at 10:50 a.m. Kabul time.
“On account of the assault, two workers of the diplomatic mission had been killed, and there are additionally victims amongst Afghan residents,” the ministry stated.
The 4 others killed had been Afghan civilians, Khalid Zadran, a Kabul police spokesperson stated.
Russia is likely one of the few international locations to have maintained an embassy in Kabul after the Taliban took over the nation greater than a 12 months in the past. Though Moscow doesn’t formally recognise the Taliban’s authorities, they’ve been in talks with officers over an settlement to provide gasoline and different commodities.
The United Nations’ mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned the blast.
“In mild of current occasions, UNAMA stresses the necessity for the de facto authorities to take steps to make sure the security and safety of the individuals in addition to diplomatic missions,” the UN wrote on Twitter, in reference to the Taliban authorities.
The spokesperson for the international ministry in Afghanistan stated Taliban forces would take severe steps in the direction of securing embassies working within the nation.
“(The federal government) has an in depth relationship with Russia; we are going to by no means let such unfavourable actions of enemies have a unfavourable affect on the connection,” spokesperson Abdul Qahar Balkhi stated in an announcement.
In the course of the decades-long Taliban insurgency towards the Western-backed Afghan authorities, bombings focusing on international missions had been a daily prevalence in Kabul, particularly in recent times, with embassies and motels fortifying themselves with razor wire and blast partitions.
Such incidents have decreased dramatically for the reason that rebel group swept to energy in August 2021.
Nonetheless, the Taliban has needed to take care of an insurgency by the Afghanistan affiliate of the Islamic State militant group.
The assaults had to date been towards the Taliban and civilian targets resembling mosques.