Russia says two employees of its embassy in the Afghan capital of Kabul died in an apparent suicide attack on Monday. Eleven others were injured.
The Taliban interior ministry says its security forces tried to stop a man approaching the compound, but he blew himself up. Many people had reportedly gathered there to apply for visas.
The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement, "At 10:50 a.m. Kabul time on Monday, an unidentified attacker activated an explosive device right outside the entry to the consulate department of the Russian embassy in Kabul. "
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters that it is a matter of course that this was a terrorist act, and described it as absolutely unacceptable. He added that the main thing that needs to be done is to get information from the scene.