6 killed in explosion near Russian embassy in Afghanistan, Islamic State claims responsibility

China News Agency, Beijing, September 6. Comprehensive news: On the 5th local time, an explosion occurred near the Russian Embassy in Afghanistan in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, killing at least 6 people and injuring 10 others. The Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed that two staff members of the Russian diplomatic corps were killed in the explosion. The extremist organization “Islamic State” claimed responsibility for the bombing through social platforms that day.

According to the website of Al Jazeera, at about 10:50 am local time on the 5th, a suicide bomb attack occurred near the entrance of the Russian embassy in Afghanistan. The attackers were shot dead by armed guards as they approached the embassy gate, and an explosion occurred.

At least six people were killed and 10 injured in the attack, Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran confirmed. The dead included two staff members of the Russian diplomatic corps and four Afghan civilians.

According to a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry, an unidentified militant detonated an explosive device near the entrance of the consular office of the Russian embassy in Afghanistan on the morning of the 5th, causing casualties. The Russian embassy in Afghanistan is in close contact with the Afghan security services investigating the matter, and the embassy has strengthened security measures. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed the hope that the planners and executors of terrorist incidents will be punished.

Reuters reported that the extremist group “Islamic State” announced on the 5th local time through social platforms that it was responsible for the bombing near the Russian embassy in Afghanistan.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a statement on the 5th, expressing strong condemnation of the bombing near the Russian Embassy in Afghanistan, expressing condolences to the families of the deceased, and wishing the injured a speedy recovery. The statement reiterated that international humanitarian law strictly prohibits attacks on civilians and civilian installations, including diplomatic missions.

A terrorist attack on the Russian embassy in Afghanistan killed two Russian staff (a diplomat and a security guard). The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack. Experts say it is no accident that the Russian embassy was targeted in the suicide attack.

Nikita Mendkovich, head of the Eurasian Analysis Club and an expert at the Russian Council of International Affairs, said the incident was likely related to an agreement between the Afghan interim government and Russia on the supply of food and fuel to Afghanistan not long ago. .

Mendkovic explained: “In diplomatic isolation, the Afghan Interim Government is interested in normalizing relations with Moscow. The attack may have been an attempt to undermine the Afghan Interim Government’s agreement with Russia and other countries on the supply of necessities to Afghans. trade negotiations.”

According to Andrei Shelenko, head of the Afghan Political Research Center, the terrorist attack on Russian diplomats may also have a commercial element. According to Andrei Shelenko, for several years an Afghan “black intermediary” group has been selling visas to Afghans who want to move to Russia and making a lot of money (800-1500 per visa). Dollar). But about two or three weeks ago, the Russian embassy decided to rectify the order and expel the “black intermediaries” who were actually looting. This may also be one reason for the terrorist attack.