After a recent explosion near the Russian embassy in Kabul, the embassy halted all consular services, including issuing visas and other documents, according to a statement on Tuesday, Khaama Press reported. According to a message posted on the Russian Embassy’s Telegram channel, the suspension of consular services and visa issuance comes right after a massive explosion occurred near the embassy.
Applicants should not visit the embassy “until further notice”, Khaama Press reported. “We are working on options for issuing accepted documents. No new applications are accepted, no consular services are provided, no new visas are issued,” the statement from the Russian Embassy reads.
As a result of the blast, two members of the Russian diplomatic mission were killed after an explosive device was detonated by an unidentified insurgent early on September 5. The explosion occurred at the entrance to the Russian embassy, near the consular department in Kabul, inflicting 10 other civilian victims.
The blast in Kabul comes days after at least 20 people were killed in an explosion that rocked a mosque in northwest Afghanistan during Friday prayers. In recent months, a number of explosions have been reported in the capital Kabul, killing dozens of innocent people. This series of explosions follows a year of Taliban rule in Afghanistan. Human rights groups said the Taliban had broken multiple promises to respect human and women’s rights. After capturing Kabul in August last year, Islamic authorities imposed severe restrictions on the rights of women and girls, repressed media and arbitrarily detained, tortured and summarily executed critics and perceived opponents, among other abuses.
Rights groups say the Taliban’s human rights abuses have drawn widespread condemnation and jeopardized international efforts to address the country’s dire humanitarian situation. (ANI)
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