Suicide bomber detonates explosives near the entrance of the Russian embassy in Kabul

Suicide bomber detonates explosives after being shot dead by Taliban guards near the entrance of the Russian embassy in Kabul

The Russian embassy in Kabul was attacked by a suicide bomber today, police said.

The bomber approached the embassy gates in the Afghan capital but was shot dead by armed Taliban guards. Although the bomber was shot down, some news outlets reported that explosives were detonated.

It was not immediately clear how many victims there were in the attack.

“The suicide bomber was spotted and shot dead by Russian Embassy (Taliban) guards before he reached the target…there is no information on casualties yet,” Mawlawi Sabir, the head of the police district where the attack took place, told Reuters.

Russia is one of the few countries to maintain an embassy in Kabul after the Taliban took over the country more than a year ago.

Though Moscow does not officially recognize the Taliban government, they have held talks with officials over an agreement to supply gasoline and other commodities.

The bombing is the latest in a string of attacks across the country seized last year by Taliban insurgents who toppled the last Western-backed government.

On Friday, a huge bomb blast outside a mosque killed several civilians and a high-profile pro-Taliban cleric who earlier this year called for the beheading of those who commit “the smallest act” against the government.

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Emma Colton

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