Sui­cide bomber at­tacks Chi­nese em­bassy in Kyr­gyzs­tan

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BISHKEK— A car driven by a sui­cide bomber ex­ploded af­ter ram­ming through a gate at the Chi­nese em­bassy in Kyr­gyzs­tan yes­ter­day, wound­ing three peo­ple, 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 jour­nal­ists.

Raza­kov said the three 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. Bishkek po­lice sources told AFP that a Mit­subishi Del­ica car smashed through a gate at the em­bassy be­fore blow­ing up in the cen­tre of the com­pound close to the am­bas­sador’s res­i­dence.

An­other source from the se­cu­rity ser­vice of the ex-Soviet Cen­tral Asian na­tion — which bor­ders China — said an “ex­plo­sive de­vice” had been placed in­side the ve­hi­cle.

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

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

Im­pov­er­ished ma­jor­ity Mus­lim Kyr­gyzs­tan has a history of po­lit­i­cal in­sta­bil­ity and bat­tling Is­lamist ex­trem­ism. The eco­nom­i­cally trou­bled ally of Rus­sia has seen two govern­ments over­thrown and eth­nic vi­o­lence claim hund

The au­thor­i­ties reg­u­larly an­nounce that they have foiled at­tacks planned by the Is­lamic State group in the coun­try. Se­cu­rity forces last year said they had en­gaged in sev­eral deadly shootouts with sus­pected “ter­ror­ists” in Bishkek.

Of­fi­cials say that some 500 Kyr­gyz are thought to have joined the ranks of Is­lamic State fight­ing in Syria and Iraq. Kyr­gyzs­tan and the other ex-Soviet Cen­tral Asian na­tions have come un­der fire for us­ing a pur­ported ter­ror threat to si­lence crit­i­cism of their sec­u­lar regimes. — AFP.

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