Cape Town man feels guilt for surviving blast

2012-09-19 09:26
Afghan police and officials investigate the site of a suicide attack in Kabul. (Massoud Hossaini, AFP)

Afghan police and officials investigate the site of a suicide attack in Kabul. (Massoud Hossaini, AFP)

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Cape Town - A man from Cape Town is experiencing survivor’s guilt after surviving the bomb blast in Kabul in Afghanistan in which eight South Africans were killed on Tuesday.

Robert Relnic said his son had got off the bus minutes before a female suicide bomber detonated the bomb, reported Eyewitness News.

Relnic said his son also worked for ACS Balmoral and would soon return to SA.

“He’s blaming himself for getting off the bus because one of them [the victims] would have been saved,” said Relnic.

reported that David Relnic, 31, from Durbanville called his father at 07:00 on Tuesday morning to say he was fine.

“We had a bomb here but I’m OK,” he said and told his father that he was not allowed to talk about it.

“I’m still not sure if David is injured - he doesn’t want to say too much. He is terribly traumatised but that is understandable seeing as how he saw his friends being blown up.”

David apparently told his father that he got onto another minibus as the first one was too full. Minutes later the suicide bomber drove into the first minibus.

A local terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the bombing, apparently in retaliation for a film about the Prophet Muhammad made in the US and which has caused widespread outrage in the Middle East.

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