Six killed in explosion outside Russian embassy in Kabul

The Darul Aman road, near the Russian embassy.

At least six people were killed in a suicide bombing outside the Russian embassy in Darul Aman road in the west of Kabul on Monday morning, Taliban confirmed.

The blast happened at around 11:00am when Russian officials were out of the embassy to chat with visa applicants who created a long queue outside the diplomatic office.

Taliban police command spokesman Khalid Zadran said the suicide bomber was identified by Taliban forces and was taken down but the explosion happened.

Zadran said that six people, including four Afghans and two Russian embassy staff members, were killed in the attack.

He said that some people were wounded in the bombing, but he did not provide details on it.

Sources from Istiqlal Hospital in Kabul said that nine wounded and a body were taken to the hospital following the incident.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a meeting on Monday confirmed the death of his colleagues in the Kabul bombing and said terrorist threat hasn’t dissparead in the region, including from Afghanistan.

“This morning… there was a terrorist attack. Unknown militant used explosive device near the entrance to the consulate of our embassy. Two of our comrades died,” Lavrov said. “Let’s hope that those who executed this attack will be held responsible in the nearest future.

The attack comes nearly a week after a blast in the north of Kabul that targeted a Taliban convoy in which at least two people were killed, according to Taliban officials.

In another suicide bombing in the west of Afghanistan on Friday, at least 19 people, including a pro-Taliban cleric, were killed and many more were wounded.

No group so far has claimed responsibility of the blast near Russia’s embassy in Kabul.