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September 01, 2016
Three hurt in suicide blast at China's Kyrgyzstan embassy
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (AFP) Aug 30, 2016
A van driven by a suicide bomber exploded after ramming through a gate at the Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday, injuring three people, 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 at the scene. Razakov said the three wounded were all Kyrgyz employees of the embassy and that they have been hospitalised. Local medics said their injuries were not seri ... read more

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