Fatal Kabul attack: Iran urges more security for embassies, diplomatic missions

Iran has denounced a powerful explosion outside the Russian embassy in Afghanistan, which hit the diplomatic mission's premises in west Kabul's Darulaman neighborhood that killed more than a dozen people, including two employees of the embassy.

On Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan'ani expressed his sympathy with the Russian government and the families of the two victims, as well as those Afghans targeted in the terrorist attack.

He called on the Afghan authorities to take more serious measures to ensure the security of embassies and diplomatic premises in the country.

The Russian foreign ministry in a statement confirmed that two employees of the embassy were killed in the blast.

Earlier, Kabul police said a bomber detonated explosives near the entrance of the Russian embassy in Kabul, adding that the attacker was shot dead by armed guards as he approached the gate of the consular section.

Hours later, the Daesh terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the bombing near Russian embassy in Kabul.

Daesh has a foothold in eastern and northern Afghanistan, particularly in Nangarhar, which is regarded as its stronghold in the war-torn country.