October 6, 2022

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6 killed in Kabul: IS claims responsibility for attack on Russian Embassy

6 people died in Kabul
IS has claimed responsibility for the attack on the Russian embassy

5 killed in suicide attack outside Russian embassy in Kabul The Islamic State terrorist group has now claimed responsibility for the attack. As Afghanistan’s foreign ministry has launched investigations, Russia is stepping up its security measures.

Jihadist militants Islamic State (IS) have claimed responsibility for Monday’s bombing of the Russian embassy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, which killed at least six people. “A militant detonated his explosive belt at a crowd of Russian embassy staff,” IS told Telegram. The Russian Foreign Ministry said two embassy staff were killed in the attack. A spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Interior wrote on Twitter that all four Afghan citizens were killed.

According to the Interior Ministry, the suicide bomber was killed “before reaching his target”. According to police in Kabul, the four Afghans who were killed were awaiting consular care. It was the first attack on a foreign mission since the radical Islamist Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in August 2021.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the “terrorist act” “totally unacceptable” in Moscow. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow had taken immediate steps to increase security around the embassy. “Methods of the Afghan Secret Service and counterintelligence” were used.

“Sabotage” of “relations between the two countries”

Russia was one of the few countries to keep its embassies open during last year’s chaotic takeover by the Taliban – other countries suspended their missions and expelled staff. Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that an investigation has been launched into the attack on the Russian embassy. “The authorities will not allow ‘adversaries’ to sabotage the relationship between the two countries through such negative actions,” it said.

The United Nations Secretary-General condemned the attack in the “strongest terms” and offered his condolences to the families of the victims. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned the attack on Twitter and called on Afghan authorities to take action to protect “the safety of the population and diplomatic missions”.

After the Taliban came to power, violence in Afghanistan initially subsided. However, in the past few months, attacks have been repeated, usually by IS. Like the Taliban, IS is a Sunni group, but the two have a fierce rivalry with each other.

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