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AT LEAST two people were killed and 11 others injured on Monday in a suspected suicide bombing close to the Russian embassy in Kabul, after the attacker detonated explosives near the consular office.
The incident took place on Monday morning on the Darul Aman avenue of southwestern Kabul in front of the Russian embassy “when a suicide bomber tried to target the security director of the embassy” close to the visitors’ area, local police chief Malavi Saber told EFE News.
The attacker detonated himself after being identified by the authorities “before reaching the target, killing two civilians and wounding 11 others,” Saber added.
“The deceased include an Afghan worker of the Russian embassy and another civilian,” the official said, adding that a member of the Taliban security forces was among the wounded.
Meanwhile, the Russian foreign ministry told news agency Interfax that the suicide attack took place “in close proximity to the entrance of the consular department” and “killed two embassy employees,” while also confirming casualties among Afghan civilians.
So far, no armed group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although the Islamic State terror group has carried out several similar attacks in recent past, turning into the biggest security threat after the Taliban seized power last year.
Russia was one of the first and few countries that has worked closely with the Taliban, despite the government not being recognized internationally.
Although Moscow has also refrained from granting official recognition to the Islamist regime, it is one of the few countries that has continued its diplomatic services in Afghanistan.
Security has become a major challenge for the Taliban, as Afghanistan has witnessed some of its bloodiest attacks in recent years after the group seized Kabul in August 2021.
Last month, at least 21 people were killed and around 30 injured in a suicide attack against a mosque in the Afghan capital.