Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan attacked

Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan attacked

BISHKEK: (APP) The Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan was attacked Tuesday morning by a suicide car bomber, in which the lone assailant was killed and five others were wounded besides serious material damage.

In staging the car bomb attack, the unidentified assailant drove a Mitsubishi car and parked at the west gate of the Chinese embassy at 9:28 a.m. local time (0328 GMT). At around 9:31 a.m. (0331 GMT), another car arrived at the same place and parked there. The relation between the two cars is yet to be established.

At 9:32 a.m. (0332 GMT), the explosive-laden car started ramming the embassy door and powerfully exploded inside the embassy, killing the assailant and wounding two security guards and three local people working at the embassy.

The explosion is equivalent to 100 kg of TNT.

The explosion also caused damage to the embassy door and wall, as well as buildings next to the Chinese embassy. The embassy compound and the area in the vicinity are currently under police blockade due to security concerns, with bomb disposal experts working on the scene.

A senior Kyrgyz security officer told Xinhua that according to preliminary information, it was quite likely that the explosives planted inside the car caused the explosion. The assailant was blown into bits and local police are trying to identify the assailant using DNA extracted from remains of the assailant.