Three wounded in suicide blast at Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan
search

Three wounded in suicide blast at Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan

Car smashes through Bishkek compound gates before exploding close to ambassador’s residence

Smoke coming from the Chine embassy in Kyrgyzstan after a car explosion, August 30, 2016. (Screen capture: YouTube)
Smoke coming from the Chine embassy in Kyrgyzstan after a car explosion, August 30, 2016. (Screen capture: YouTube)

A car driven by a suicide bomber Tuesday exploded after ramming a gate at the Chinese Embassy in the capital of ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan, wounding three people, Kurgyz 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.

A source at the Bishkek police said that the Mitsubishi Delica car smashed a gate on the embassy before blowing up in the center of the compound close to the ambassador’s residence.

Another source with the Central Asian nation’s security service said that an “explosive device” had been placed inside the vehicle.

The driver of the car was killed while two Kyrgyz embassy staff and a woman were lightly wounded in the blast, according to medics who arrived on the scene.

Local residents reported 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.

Join us!
A message from the Editor of Times of Israel
David Horovitz

The Times of Israel covers one of the most complicated, and contentious, parts of the world. Determined to keep readers fully informed and enable them to form and flesh out their own opinions, The Times of Israel has gradually established itself as the leading source of independent and fair-minded journalism on Israel, the region and the Jewish world.

We've achieved this by investing ever-greater resources in our journalism while keeping all of the content on our site free.

Unlike many other news sites, we have not put up a paywall. But we would like to invite readers who can afford to do so, and for whom The Times of Israel has become important, to help support our journalism by joining The Times of Israel Community. Join now and for as little as $6 a month you can both help ensure our ongoing investment in quality journalism, and enjoy special status and benefits as a Times of Israel Community member.

Become a member of The Times of Israel Community
read more:
comments