Two Russian embassy officials were killed on Monday in an explosion near the country’s diplomatic mission in Kabul, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, as quoted by Reuters.
Earlier, the state news agency RIA reported that a diplomat and an embassy guard were injured in a suspected suicide attack.
Eleven people were injured. So far, there is no information whether they were also employed at the embassy.
According to Afghan police, a suicide bomber detonated explosives near the entrance to the Russian embassy in Kabul. The attacker was shot dead by security guards as he approached the gate.
Russia is one of the few countries to maintain an embassy in Kabul since the Taliban took over the country more than a year ago. Although Moscow does not officially recognize the Taliban government, they are negotiating with officials for an agreement to supply gasoline and other goods, Reuters recalls.