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Newsline: Suicide attack targets Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan, kills one

An explosion at the Chinese Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, killed one person and injured two or three others on Tuesday. A minivan driven by a suicide bomber exploded after ramming into a gate at the Chinese embassy in the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek, authorities said. Local medics said the driver was killed while two embassy staff and a woman were injured in the blast. “As a result of the explosion, only the suicide bomber terrorist died. Security guards were injured,” Kyrgyzstan’s Deputy Prime Minister Jenish Razakov said. Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons, reporting from Bishkek, said a large security operation was underway following the attack. “This is reported as the first suicide bombing in the country,” he said. Local residents told AFP news agency that the blast had blown in their windows and caused their houses to shake. Employees from the Chinese and nearby American embassy were evacuated, the Kyrgyz emergency service said. China’s foreign ministry has condemned the attack, calling it an “extreme and violent attack” and urging authorities to “get to the bottom of the incident”.



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