Although suicide bombings against foreign embassies and other international institutions have decreased since the Taliban took control, the anti-Taliban ISIS-K group has continued to carry them out. Now, a suicide blast at the Russian embassy in Kabul has killed two diplomats.
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On Monday, an unidentified militant launched a suicide attack on Russia’s embassy in Kabul, killing two diplomats and injuring several others, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
“At 10:50 am Kabul time on Sept. 5, an unidentified militant set off an explosive device in the immediate vicinity of the entrance to the consular section of the Russian embassy in Kabul,” an official ministry statement said.
“As a result of the attack, two employees of the diplomatic mission were killed, and there are also Afghan citizens among the wounded.”
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson for the Kremlin, denounced the “terrorist act” which curiously occurred just after the first anniversary of the Taliban taking over Kabul and the catastrophic incidents that led to America’s precipitous final withdrawal from the nation in August 2021.
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According to the Afghan Taliban’s interior ministry, the suicide attack and deaths could have been considerably worse because the bomber might not have entirely reached his intended target:
The attack might have also been directed at Afghan citizens who were seeking Russian visas. “The blast went off at the entrance to the embassy’s consular section, where Afghans were waiting for news about their visas, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry and the state news agency RIA Novosti,” The Washington Post details.
“A Russian diplomat had emerged from the building to call out the names of candidates for visas when the explosion occurred, the agency said,” according to the report.
Although suicide bombings against foreign embassies and other international institutions have decreased since the Taliban took control (since in the past they were frequently carried out by Taliban militants themselves, and many nations have also closed their consulates), the anti-Taliban ISIS-K group has continued to carry them out. Additionally, there have been some clashes between competing Talban factions, mainly in the south of the nation and along the Pakistani border.