Govt contacting families of SA blast victims

2012-09-18 11:23

Suicide bombing in Kabul

2012-09-18 10:30

This video shows the aftermath of a suicide attack on a minivan near Kabul international airport that reportedly killed 12 civilians including eight South Africans. WATCH

Johannesburg - The international relations and co-operation department has received the names of the several South Africans killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan on Tuesday morning.

"We have received the names of the deceased and are working on establishing contact with families and next-of-kin," said spokesperson Nelson Kgwete.

Kgwete was quoted as saying the number of South Africans killed could be eight.

"They worked for a private aviation company operating in the country."

The SA High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan, was informed on Tuesday morning that eight South Africans were killed in the attack.

Kgwete said the department expressed its condolences to the friends and families of the deceased and that they would be given assistance.

Spokesperson Nelson Kgwete said "the exact number is yet to be verified." He was speaking on Talk Radio 702 which said the victims were believed to be employed by a South African aviation company based at Rand Airport in Johannesburg.

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