Kyrgyzstan vows to hunt down and punish organisers of suicide bomb attack on Chinese embassy

Two nations also agree to increase counterterrorism measures in the wake of Tuesday’s bombing in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 31 August, 2016, 12:03pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 31 August, 2016, 12:07pm

Kyrgyzstan’s government has promised to fully investigate and punish the people behind the suicide bomb attack on the Chinese Embassy in the nation’s capital and increase cooperation with China on counterterrorism.

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi held a telephone call with his Kyrgyz counterpart Erlan Abdyldaev on Tuesday night after the explosion in Bishkek that killed the bomber and injured three others earlier in the day.

Wang requested that Kyrgyzstan “establish the truth as soon as possible, severely punish the culprits and prevent such an incident from happening again”, according a statement on the foreign ministry’s website.

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The Kyrgyz authorities also condemned the suicide attack “in the strongest terms”, Abdyldaev was quoted as saying.

He added that Kyrgyzstan has taken all emergency measures after the attack and will carry out a thorough investigation and punish those responsible.

The two ministers agreed to deepen anti-terrorism cooperation, especially against religious extremists, ethnic separatists and terrorists in the Central Asian region.

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A suspected suicide bomber rammed a van through the entrance to the Chinese embassy, killing himself and injuring at least three others on Tuesday morning.

Both nations labelled it a terrorist attack and it comes as China prepares to host the Group of 20 summit this weekend in Hangzhou.

Driving at “full speed”, the van crashed into the embassy compound through the property’s west gate and exploded in front of the ambassador’s residence, the AKIpress news agency cited a witness as saying.

No organisation has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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The authorities in Kyrgyzstan, a mostly Muslim former Soviet republic, routinely detain suspected militants they accuse of being linked to Islamic State, which actively recruits in Central Asia.

Kyrgyzstan also borders the Chinese region of Xinjiang , which has witnessed a series of violent attacks in recent years which the government has blamed on separatist militants.