ISIS Claims Responsibility for Bombing Near Russian Embassy in Kabul

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This is the first time a foreign mission was targeted in Afghanistan directly, since the Taliban regained power in 2021

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Kabul, which claimed the lives of two Russian diplomats and at least four Afghan civilians on 5 September.

The suicide attack targeted the entrance of the consular section, where Afghan citizens were waiting on news about their visas.

According to Russian news agency Ria Novosti, the explosion occurred when one of the Diplomats emerged from the building to call out the names of the visa candidates.

There have been several terror attacks since the Taliban took power from the Western-backed government in Kabul in 2021, all of them targeted positions or locations of the Taliban. This was the first recorded attack on a foreign mission.

The Kremlin also said an investigation with local authorities has been launched.

Initial reports by Reuters claim that embassy security spotted the suicide bomber and fired shots at him before he blew himself up, possibly avoiding more deaths as a result.

Russia is just one of a handful of nations that has maintained its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan since the take-over of the Taliban.

Despite not recognizing the Taliban officially, the Kremlin has been in talks to supply fuel to the country in exchange for minerals, dried fruits, and medicinal herbs.

Afghanistan is suffering from a severe economic and humanitarian crisis due to sanctions, a lack of cooperation with the Taliban, and the US blocking the Central Bank’s access to more than $7 billion.

On August 10, more than 70 recognized international economists signed an open letter to US President Joe Biden, demanding to promptly return the $7 billion to Afghanistan, to avoid further suffering to the population.

In addition, the country has also been struck by natural catastrophes. On Monday morning, the country was hit by a severe earthquake, which resulted in several deaths and injuries in Afghanistan’s Kunar province.

Suicide bombing rocks Russian Embassy in Kabul, two diplomats dead

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Taliban officials have launched an investigation, as no group has claimed responsibility for the attack

An explosive device was set off outside the Russian embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan on the morning of 5 September, killing two diplomats and several Afghan civilians.

According to a statement released by Russia’s foreign ministry, an unknown militant set off a suicide bomb “in the immediate vicinity of the entrance to the consular department of the Russian Embassy in Kabul.”

Russian news agencies reported that the blast happened when an embassy employee came outside to call the names of candidates for their visas.

According to preliminary information, at least 25 people died and many more were wounded.

The press secretary of the Russian presidency, Dmitry Peskov, said the situation was “a terrorist attack.” The Kremlin also said an investigation with local authorities has been launched.

Initial reports by Reuters claim that embassy security spotted the suicide bomber and fired shots at him before he blew himself up.

No group has taken responsibility for the attack. However, over the past year Kabul has been rocked by several suicide bombings perpetrated by ISIS.

Russia is one of a handful of nations that has maintained its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan following the ousting of the US-backed government last year by the Taliban.

Despite not recognizing the Taliban officially, the Kremlin has been in talks to supply fuel to the country in exchange for minerals, dried fruits, and medicinal herbs.

Afghanistan has been mired in adversity since the US pulled its troops out of the country a year ago, in a situation mainly attributed to a harsh economic blockade spearheaded by Washington.

Earlier on Monday, Afghanistan’s Kunar province was hit by an earthquake, which left several dead and injured.