Chinese embassy blast: Car bomb attack in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

 

Source: BBC

A car driven by a suicide bomber has exploded after ramming the gates of the Chinese embassy in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, officials say.

The suicide bomber died and three embassy employees, all Kyrgyz nationals, were injured, Deputy PM Zhenish Razakov said.

China’s foreign ministry condemned the bombing as an “extreme and violent attack”.

No-one has yet said they were behind the suicide bombing.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said: “China is appalled and strongly condemns the violent act.”

She said China had “demanded that Kyrgyz authorities take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of Chinese institutions and personnel in Kyrgyzstan, launch a thorough investigation to find out the truth of the incident and harshly punish the perpetrators”.

The vehicle reportedly smashed through the gates and exploded in the centre of the compound, close to the ambassador’s residence.

Social media footage showed smoke billowing above the building.

Bishkek embassy siteImage copyrightEPA
Image captionThe blast blew out windows at the embassy…
Glass shards at blast siteImage copyright@SAIKALLOVE
Image caption… and in buildings nearby
Bishkek embassy site, car vehicle shrapnelImage copyrightEPA
Image captionA shard of the vehicle some 250m from the site of the blast

“As a result of the explosion, only the suicide bomber terrorist died,” Mr Razakov told journalists.

The three injured people were reportedly two 17-year-old embassy gardeners and an unidentified woman.

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