Peskov called the explosion near the Russian embassy in Kabul a terrorist act
The explosion occurred on the morning of September 5 at the gates of the embassy. According to the Foreign Ministry, two employees of the diplomatic mission were killed as a result, and Afghan citizens were also injured. An Al Jazeera source claimed eight dead and 15 injured width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
The explosion at the Russian embassy in Kabul, which killed two members of the diplomatic mission, is a terrorist attack, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, RBC correspondent reports.
“Certainly, this is a terrorist act, absolutely unacceptable in general. We strongly condemn such attacks. Now the main thing— get information from the ground about what happened to our representatives and diplomats. As I understand it, the information will still be specified,»,— he said.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the explosion occurred at 10:50 local time (9:20 Moscow time) at the entrance to the consular department of the embassy, the explosive device was set off by an “unknown militant”. In addition to the embassy staff, there are victims among the citizens of Afghanistan.
Reuters, citing the police, reported that the explosion was carried out by a suicide bomber who was shot dead by the guards of the Russian embassy. Source “RIA Novosti” stated that the explosion occurred when a Russian diplomat came out to announce the names of applicants for a visa. According to the interlocutor of the agency, “from 15 to 20 people” were killed or injured.
Al Jazeera, citing a source in the Afghan security service, reports that eight people were killed and 15 injured as a result of the explosion. The channel indicates that no one has yet taken responsibility for this attack. The “Islamic State” took responsibility for some of the earlier terrorist attacks in the country. (the organization is banned in Russia), Al Jazeera indicates that the terrorists promised new attacks.
This is the first attack on the Russian embassy in Afghanistan since the Taliban came to power (the movement is recognized as terrorist in Russia). They said they would find and punish the perpetrators, the TV channel notes.
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