By Mohammad Yunus Yawar and Gibran Naiyyar Peshimam
KABUL (Reuters) -Two Russian embassy workers in Kabul had been killed when a suicide bomber detonated explosives close to the doorway of the embassy, in a blast that injured 11 others, the Russian Overseas Ministry stated on Monday.
Police stated two folks had died within the incident however didn’t give their identities, whereas 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 top of the police district the place the assault befell, instructed Reuters.
The Russian Overseas Ministry stated in an announcement that an unknown militant set off an explosive gadget 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 staff of the diplomatic mission had been killed, and there are additionally victims amongst Afghan residents,” the ministry stated.
Russia is among the few nations 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 latest occasions, UNAMA stresses the necessity for the de facto authorities to take steps to make sure the protection and safety of the folks in addition to diplomatic missions,” the UN wrote on Twitter (NYSE:), in reference to the Taliban authorities.
In the course of the decades-long Taliban insurgency in opposition to the western-backed Afghan authorities, bombings concentrating on international missions had been an everyday prevalence in Kabul, particularly in recent times, with embassies and lodges 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.
Since then, assaults – a few of them claimed by Islamic State – primarily focused the Taliban and civilian targets similar to mosques.
No group has claimed duty for Monday’s blast.