Chinese embassy blast: Suicide car bomb rips through Chinese Embassy

11:45 Aug. 30, 2016

Suicide car bomb rips through Chinese Embassy

Emergency Ministry minivan is parked, as Kyrgyz police officers speak outside gates to the Chinese Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016

Suicide bomber died, three embassy staff injured

A suicide bomber drove his car into the gates of the Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan's capital, Bishkek, on Tuesday injuring three Kyrgyz employees and killing himself.

Police said an investigative team is working on the scene to identify the attacker.

China's foreign ministry spokeswoman called the attack an extremist violent act and urged the local authorities to ensure the safety of Chinese institutions and citizens in Kyrgyzstan.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Kyrgyz authorities conducted several anti-terrorism operations in Bishkek in 2015.

Officials say that some 500 Kyrgyz nationals are believed to have joined so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

One of the three men who carried out an attack on Istanbul's Ataturk airport in June was said to be from Kyrgyzstan. The suicide gun and bomb attack, which Turkey blamed on IS, left 44 people dead and 240 injured.

Based on reporting by BBC

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