Suicide attack targets Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan

Published by Al Jazeera
On 30 August 2016 saa 02:44
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Deputy prime minister confirms suicide bomber died while at least three people injured in the Bishkek blast.

A minivan driven by a suicide bomber exploded after ramming into a gate at the Chinese embassy in the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek, authorities said.

Local medics said the driver was killed while two embassy staff and a woman were injured in the blast.

"As a result of the explosion, only the suicide bomber terrorist died. Security guards were injured," Kyrgyzstan’s Deputy Prime Minister Jenish Razakov said.

Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons, reporting from Bishkek, said a large security operation was underway following the attack.

"This is reported as the first suicide bombing in the country," he said.

"The minivan exploded before getting anywhere near the main part of the embassy. There is a lot of concern about the attack. The deputy prime minister visited the scene but hasn’t pointed his fingers in any direction as to who carried out the attack."

Local residents told AFP news agency that the blast had blown in their windows and caused their houses to shake.

Employees from the Chinese and nearby American embassy were evacuated, the Kyrgyz emergency service said.