A heavy explosion was heard near the Russian embassy in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday. According to reports in Afghan media, the explosion happened at a time when many people were queuing for visas in front of the diplomatic post.
Two employees of the Russian embassy were killed in the attack. This was confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow on Monday. “Two embassy employees were killed in the attack. There are also victims among the Afghan population,” the ministry said. The attack took place in the immediate vicinity of the entrance to the consulate.
The assailant was shot by guards. “The suicide bomber was recognized and shot by Taliban guards outside the Russian embassy,” Mawlawi Sabir, the chief of local police told Reuters.
According to residents, the security services of the Taliban regime have closed the street of the embassy. Russia kept its embassy in Kabul when the Islamist movement seized power again in August last year after the withdrawal of international troops. Although Moscow does not officially recognize the Taliban government, they are said to be in talks about an agreement to supply gasoline and other raw materials to the country.
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