Cases of attacks on employees of diplomatic missions around the world

On February 22, 2021, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), gunmen attacked a UN World Food Program convoy. Italian Ambassador Luca Attanasio and a soldier of the Carabinieri corps were killed.

On December 19, 2016 in Ankara (Turkey) at the Center for Contemporary Art at the opening of the exhibition “Russia through the eyes of a traveler: from Kaliningrad to Kamchatka” there was an armed attack on the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Turkey Andrei Karlov. According to eyewitnesses, during the speech of the Russian diplomat at the opening ceremony of the exhibition, suddenly a cry “Allahu Akbar” was heard behind him and shooting began. Having fired several shots, the killer demanded that those gathered for the event disperse, after which he approached the diplomat who was lying on the floor and shot him several more times. After the attack, Karlov was taken to the hospital, 40 minutes later, the doctors announced his death. The arrow was destroyed by the police officers who arrived at the scene of the tragedy. Three more people were injured as a result of the incident. The prosecutor's office demanded that eight of the 28 accused in this case be sentenced to life imprisonment and six acquitted. She demands five more accused to be sentenced to imprisonment for up to 15 years. The final court hearing is scheduled for March 9, 2021.

On March 27, 2015, the Al-Shabab Islamist group attacked a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu. 24 people were killed, including the Somali ambassador to Switzerland.

On March 14, 2014, an employee of the Russian embassy in Canada was attacked in the Canadian capital Ottawa. The incident took place in the Sandy Hill metropolitan area in an apartment building in which foreign officials live. The injured 44-year-old citizen of the Russian Federation was found in the lobby of the building with a knife wound in the back and cut wounds on his arms. Police charged “aggravated assault” with Kevin Martin, a member of the Canadian Department of National Defense, 32. A quarrel broke out between an employee of the Russian diplomatic department and a Canadian. Both drank alcohol, then the interlocutor of the Russian drew a knife and began to strike them, because of which the Russian was forced to run out of the apartment.

On January 28, 2014, in the capital of Sudan, Khartoum, the Consul General of Russia in Sudan and his wife were attacked. The attack was carried out by a native of the Central African Republic (CAR). The victims were hospitalized with stab wounds, their condition was assessed as stable. According to the police, the motive for the crime was the news received by the attacker about the murder of his brother by French servicemen in the CAR. Although there is no Russian military in the Central African Republic, the man wanted to avenge his brother by killing any member of Western civilization. In February, the attacker was sentenced to three years in prison.

On October 11, 2013, near the building of the International Business Center in the capital of Panama, an attack was made on the Vice Consul of Russia in Panama Yevgeny Manilov. A citizen of Ukraine Aleksey Lisovenko attacked the diplomat with a knife and inflicted a penetrating wound on him. Lisovenko is charged with attempted murder.

On October 7, 2013 it became known that Dmitry Borodin, an employee of the Russian Embassy in Holland, was attacked. Armed men in camouflage uniforms burst into the apartment of the envoy-counselor of the embassy Borodin in The Hague, and under an absolutely far-fetched pretext about his alleged ill-treatment of children, they severely beat him, handcuffed him and took him to the police station, where he was kept almost until morning, after which he was released without any apologies and explanations. The Russian side sent a sharp note of protest to the Netherlands.

On September 9, 2013, the First Secretary of the Russian Embassy in Abkhazia, Vice Consul Dmitry Vishernev was shot in the head near the garage of his house in Sukhum. The wife of the diplomat Olga Visherneva, who received serious gunshot wounds in the attack, died in a republican hospital on September 14. The Prosecutor General's Office of Abkhazia in an official statement confirmed the involvement in this murder of Iskhan Sabanchiev and a native and resident of Grozny, Yusup Mayr-Alievich Lakayev, who was released from prison in 2011.

On September 11, 2012, unidentified assailants fired grenade launchers at the US Consulate in Benghazi. Killed the US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, an employee of the information department of the embassy and two employees of the State Department. In total, the attack on the US Embassy in Libya killed four Americans and injured three.

On November 29, 2011, the head of the Russian diplomatic mission in Qatar, Vladimir Titorenko, and two accompanying employees of the embassy at the Doha airport (Qatar) were injured. Despite the permission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar to carry diplomatic mail in accordance with the Vienna Convention, representatives of the airport security, customs and police insisted on scanning the diplomatic mail through an X-ray machine. They tried to take away the mail using brute force. After this incident, the ambassador was recalled.

On July 1, 2011, an employee of the Russian Embassy in Macedonia was attacked while he was walking home from work. Not far from his place of residence, a Russian diplomat was hit by a side mirror of a car on the driver's side, which was moving at high speed in the opposite direction. Two unknown persons in the car got out and, without explanation, knocked the diplomat down and brutally beat him for several minutes. After the appearance of witnesses at the scene, the criminals got into the car and fled. The Russian was taken by an ambulance to a hospital in Skopje, where he received the necessary medical assistance. He was diagnosed with numerous bruises.

On September 20, 2008, during the terrorist act in Islamabad (Pakistan) – the explosion of the Marriott Hotel, the Czech Ambassador to Pakistan Ivo Zhdarek was killed. The ambassador, appointed in August 2008, was temporarily staying at the Marriott, considered the most prestigious and most secure hotel in the Pakistani capital. The Islamist group Fedayeen Islam claimed responsibility for the explosion. During the terrorist attack, 53 people were killed, 226 were wounded.

On the night of October 29, 2006, four employees of the Russian diplomatic mission in Macedonia were attacked by hooligans. The incident took place in the popular Trend bar, where a group of drunken hooligans attacked diplomats with their fists. The beating of the diplomats was stopped by a police outfit that was nearby. According to a medical examination, Russian citizens received minor injuries – bruises and abrasions.

On August 20, 2006, two unknown persons attacked the Russian Ambassador to Kenya Valery Yegoshkin on the highway. One of them stabbed the ambassador in the back. The Russian diplomat was seriously wounded and taken to hospital. After his recovery, Egoshkin continued his work in Kenya.

On June 3, 2006, in Baghdad, a group of unknown persons fired at an armored car of the Russian diplomatic mission at the entrance to the Russian embassy. Four of the employees in the car were taken hostage, one died on the spot. On June 27, the Russian Foreign Ministry officially announced the death of the diplomats taken hostage. On May 23, 2010, an Iraqi court sentenced a convicted al-Qaeda * member to death for the abduction and murder of employees of the Russian embassy in Baghdad.

On July 27, 2005, it became known about the execution of the head of the Algerian diplomatic mission (ambassador) Ali Belarussi, who, together with the attache Iseddin Belkadi, was abducted in Baghdad (Iraq) on July 21 and taken hostage. The Iraqi Jihad Base *, linked to al-Qaeda *, claimed responsibility.

On July 2, 2005, in Baghdad, the Egyptian Ambassador to Iraq Ihab al-Sherif was abducted near his home. Responsibility for his capture was claimed by the group of Musab al-Zarqawi “Base of Jihad in the country of Mesopotamia”, which announced on July 7 the execution of the hostage. The body of the Egyptian diplomat has not been found.

* Terrorist group banned in Russia.

The material was prepared on the basis of information from RIA Novosti and open sources

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