There was a huge explosion, which appeared to be a suicide bomb, near the Russian embassy in the Afghan capital of Kabul.
Early reports said that at least four people were killed dead and 24 injured.
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So far no one has claimed responsibility for the attack which happened on Wednesday evening, local time.
Kabul blast’s pics pic.twitter.com/VJEN3Uvti8
— zakaria hassani (@zakariahassani4) January 20, 2016
The Afghan news agency TOLOnews is now reporting more than a dozen dead and injured:
#KabulBlast – More than a dozen dead and injured in a suicide bombing against a civilian bus close to Russian embassy
— TOLOnews (@TOLOnews) January 20, 2016
another pic via Waris Barakzai shows smoke after blast near Russian Embassy and Parliament in Kabul #Afghanistanpic.twitter.com/vHDOWQGElk
— Khalid Khan™ (@khalidkhan787) January 20, 2016
TASS news agency report:
According to a diplomatic source, no members of Russia’s embassy in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul have been injured in an explosion outside the mission’s building. “According to preliminary information, a bus with state officials (of Afghanistan) was bombed,” the source said. “No one was injured in the Russian embassy.” The diplomatic source also said the blast may be a conflict of local groups not aimed against Russia’s embassy.