5 hurt in suicide attack at Chinese embassy Kyrgyz capital

Smoke billowing from the embassy building after the suicide attack. Photo Courtesy: Xinhua.

A vehicle driven by a suicide bomber exploded after ramming through a gate at the Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan today, wounding two security guards and three local workers of the embassy, authorities said.

“As a result of the explosion, only the suicide bomber terrorist died. Security guards were injured,” Kyrgyzstan’s Deputy Prime Minister Jenish Razakov told international media outlets.

Security personnel surrounded the embassy compound following the attack. Photo Courtesy: Xinhua.

Security personnel surrounded the embassy compound following the attack. Photo Courtesy: Xinhua.

Razakov said the wounded were all Kyrgyz employees of the Chinese embassy and that they had been taken to hospital. Local medics said their injuries were not serious.

Police sources told journalists that a Mitsubishi Delica van smashed through a gate at the embassy today morning before blowing up in the centre of the compound close to the ambassador’s residence.

A police source confirmed that the vehicle was driven by a suicide bomber and described the incident as a “terrorist attack”.

Body parts thought to be from the attacker were found several hundred metres from the blast site, a source said.

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