Suicide bomber explodes outside Russian embassy after being shot by Taliban

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A suicide bombing has taken place outside Russia' embassy in Kabul, on Monday morning (September 5).

The bomber was shot dead by Taliban guards as he approached the embassy gates in the Afghan capital.

Despite the man being taken down, it is reported that the explosives were detonated, with reports claiming the blast was heard up to four miles away.

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The total number of casualties and the extent of the damage is not yet known at this time, with the road reportedly being closed as emergency services scramble to the scene.

Head of the local police district Mawlawi Sabir said: "The suicide attacker before reaching the target, was recognised and shot by Russian embassy (Taliban) guards… there is no information about casualties yet."

Local journalist Bilal Sarwary reported a local resident told him: "There was a powerful explosion on the Dar al-Aman road, close to the Russian embassy in Kabul. Windows and glass of my home shattered."

Russia is one of the few countries to have maintained an embassy in Kabul after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August last year, despite not officially recognising the new regime.

The Kremlin however has been in talks with Taliban officials over an agreement to supply gasoline and other commodities in recent weeks.

The attack took place only days after a huge explosion at a mosque in the country killed a well-known pro-Taliban cleric and multiple civilians.


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