A suspected suicide bomber on Tuesday crashed a car through the entrance of the Chinese Embassy in the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek, detonating a bomb that killed the attacker and wounded three embassy employees. AP
China denounced the attack and appealed to Kyrgyz authorities to identify and harshly punish anyone involved. No group claimed responsibility. Smoke can be seen rising above the Chinese Embassy after the bomb was detonated on Tuesday. The inner courtyard of the embassy compound was littered with debris. Windows of one building were smashed and the plastered walls pockmarked with shrapnel. AP
Kyrgyzstan, a landlocked former Soviet republic that borders China, has a predominantly Muslim population that is considered moderate in outlook. The Chinese regularly have blamed separatists and religious extremists for attacks in China's northwest region of Xinjiang, which borders Kyrgyzstan.
Al-Qaida and the Islamic State group also have threatened to attack Chinese targets in retaliation for alleged repression of Chinese Muslims, particularly those from the Turkic-speaking Uighur majority native to Xinjiang. Meanwhile, China's foreign ministry has "demanded that Kyrgyz authorities take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of Chinese institutions and personnel in Kyrgyzstan". AP
The Chinese embassy is located in Bishkek's southern suburbs and neighbors the US embassy. The Central Asian nation's interior ministry said the person who drove the vehicle through the gate died when the bomb detonated. However the Kyrgyz authorities offered no guidance on the attacker or a possible motive. AP