A car driven by a suicide bomber Tuesday exploded after ramming a gate at the Chinese embassy in the capital of ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan, wounding three people, authorities said.

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“As a result of the explosion only the suicide bomber terrorist died. Security guards were injured,” Kyrgyzstan’s Deputy Prime Minister Jenish Razakov told journalists.

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

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Another source with the Central Asian nation’s security service said that an “explosive device” had been placed inside the vehicle.

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Local medics said the driver of the car was killed while two Kyrgyz embassy staff and a woman were lightly wounded in the blast.

Local residents told AFP that the blast had blown in their windows and caused their houses to shake.

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Employees from the Chinese and nearby American embassy were evacuated, the Kyrgyz emergency service said.

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