Auto bomb blast at Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan kills driver, many injured

The blast shook houses nearby and shattered windows.

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the attack as an "extreme and violent act", but refused to classify it as terrorism.

One expert said the attack likely originated from China's Uighur population, whose home lies in the western Xinjiang region across the border from Kyrgyzstan.

The Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan was attacked Tuesday morning by a suicide vehicle bomber, with the lone assailant killed and five others wounded.

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev was briefed on Tuesday by heads of law enforcement agencies about the preliminary investigation into the terrorist attack, the press service of the presidential office said.

Pictures posted on social media purporting to be from theembassy showed a gate smashed open and debris inside thecompound.

"So far, no individual or organization has claimed to be responsible for this attack".

Kyrgyzstan is a former Soviet republic of 6 million people where authorities have previously arrested suspected Daesh terrorists.

Officials say that some 500 Kyrgyz are thought to have joined the ranks of Islamic State fighting in Syria and Iraq.

She also said that Beijing called on the government in Kyrgyzstan to ensure the safety and security of Chinese diplomatic staff and institutions.

In 2014, Kyrgyz border guards killed 11 people understood to be members of that group who had illegally crossed the Chinese-Kyrgyz border.

A source at the Bishkek police told AFP the Mitsubishi Delica vehicle smashed a gate on the embassy before blowing up in the centre of the compound, close to the ambassador's residence.

Hua said China strongly condemned the terrorist attack and said terrorism was "a public enemy of the global community", as well as the most serious threat in the region.

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