Tashkent Embassy Bombings (UPDATES)

by Nathan Hamm on 7/30/2004

Both the US and Israeli embassies were attacked by suicide bombers. The office of the general prosecutor was also attacked.

From the AP:

Suicide bombers hit the U.S. and Israeli embassies Friday, killing at least two Uzbeks, news reports and police said.

A third blast hit the general prosecutor’s office and caused “deaths,” a Russian news agency reported.

The Interfax news agency said a man with an explosive belt on his waist detonated bomb outside the American Embassy and Uzbek security forces surrounded the compound, stopping all traffic. Israel radio said the attack on the Israeli Embassy also was a suicide assault and that one of the dead there was an Uzbek security guard.

The radio said all the Israeli personnel were safe inside the embassy building, while Uzbek security forces conducted searches in the area. The explosion occurred on the pavement at the entrance to the embassy, the radio said.

CNN reports that there is confusion over whether or not the Israeli embassy was hit by a planted bomb or a suicide bomber.

UPDATES below the fold

11:30: More from Reuters:

Israeli ambassador Zvi Cohen said two people had died outside the Jewish state’s embassy. “A bomb exploded at the entrance to the embassy,” he told Israel Radio.

Cohen said he and three other Israeli officials were in the building at the time along with two local security guards. Security had been stepped up since the earlier bombings.

“The attacker came as close as possible to the door, saw the Uzbek security men and then detonated himself,” an Israeli security source told Reuters. Souces said one of the dead was the ambassador’s personal bodyguard, the other an embassy guard.

Party of a body lay outside the embassy and windows were shattered in single-story houses opposite.

1:15 PM: This is probably the best update to report. There’s been no more news. No news is good news.

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