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Group behind deadly Kabul blast warns of more

2012-09-18 14:32

Kabul - The group behind a suicide bombing which left 12 people dead, including eight South Africans, warned of more attacks.

The attack happened early on Tuesday in the Afghan capital of Kabul. The bombing was carried out by a woman named Fatima who was acting under the group, Hizb-i-Islami.

The group said it was revenge for a film which ridicules Prophet Muhammad.

A car packed with explosives rammed into a mini-bus carrying foreign aviation workers to the airport in the Afghan capital.

The powerful early morning blast was the first to target Kabul since a video clip of the film was posted on the internet last week, sparking angry protests across the Muslim world including in Afghanistan.

It was also the second - and deadliest - attack in Afghanistan that militants have said they carried out as revenge strikes in response to the film.

‘Giving a woman a chance’

Haroon Zarghoon, a spokesperson for the Islamist militant group Hizb-i-Islami said the blast was carried out by a 22-year-old woman. Suicide bombings carried out by women are extremely rare in Afghanistan - and few, if any, women drive cars.

"The anti-Islam film hurt our religious sentiments and we cannot tolerate it," Zarghoon said.

"There had been several young men who wanted to take revenge but Fatima also volunteered and we wanted to give a chance to a girl for the attack to tell the world we cannot ignore any anti-Islam attack."

Zarghoon warned of more attacks against foreigners working for Nato and said the group had been seeking targets since a video clip of the film was posted last week.

The bombing was a worrisome escalation of violence in the capital, where most attacks are usually blamed on the Haqqani network - a Pakistan-based militant group affiliated with the Taliban and al-Qaida.

"Foreign troops are fighting against Afghans and foreign civilians are tasked to spy for them. They all are our enemy and will be our target," Zarghoon told The AP, speaking from an unknown location.

Angry Afghans

Eight of the dead were South Africans believed to be working for an aviation company based at Rand Airport in Johannesburg, SA's international affairs ministry spokesperson Nelson Kgwete said.

Afghan interior ministry spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi said that four Afghans also were killed and another 11 Afghan civilians were wounded. He said tests were under way to determine whether the suicide bomber was a woman.

Tuesday's blast came a day after hundreds of Afghans burned cars and threw rocks at a US military base in the capital in a demonstration against the anti-Islam film. One police vehicle was burned by the mob before they finally dispersed around midday on Monday.

Kabul police chief General Mohammad Ayub Salangi said Tuesday's explosion took place near an avenue northwest of the city centre near Kabul International Airport. The blast was so powerful it hurled the mini-bus at least 50m.

Group headed by former warlord

An eyewitness at the scene said he was waiting at a bus stop along the road when he saw a small white sedan ram into the mini-bus.

"The explosion was so powerful and loud that I could not hear anything for 10 minutes," said Abdullah Shah, a teacher. "It was early and there wasn't much traffic or there would have been many more casualties.

Hizb-i-Islami is headed by 65-year-old former warlord Gubuddin Hekmatyar - a former Afghan prime minister and one-time US ally who is now listed as a terrorist by Washington.

The group is a radical Islamist militia, with thousands of fighters and followers across the country's north and east.

Comments
  • customdesign - 2012-09-18 14:43

    Gubuddin Hekmatyar is a coward who gets pawns to forsake their lives for a dead cause and to keep him in power.

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-09-18 14:52

    Why don't youtube simply remove the video? I mean, these retarded extremists are just going to keep killing people.

      fishycraig - 2012-09-18 15:20

      And then? Should Youtube be held at ransom? Every time there is something these terrorists don't like the West must back down? No, that will start an awful precedent. This video is a scapegoat (as stupid as it is). If it wasn't for this video it would be something else.

      Raymon - 2012-09-18 18:23

      Wow Hugh. You need a backbone.

      dolf.dutoit.50 - 2012-09-19 06:20

      The video has been blocked in most countries ... the problem is not the viewing of the clip but simply the existence thereof!

  • adrian.tyler - 2012-09-18 14:54

    Go pray to your god now!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-19 11:54

      I am still waiting for JZ to comment on this calamity. But that will take at least 3 weeks, as is usual.

  • althea.meintjies - 2012-09-18 15:00

    Why Target the South African guys? I thought they had beef with the Americans who made the film or the Jews who funded the film? If 12 people were killed and 8 of those were South Africans then clearly it was a target on the South African Nationals...?

      customdesign - 2012-09-18 15:14

      They guy who filmed it was an Egyptian living in America. Funny nobody has a beef with Egypt over it- looks like they just want a reason to murder.

      rosa.truter - 2012-09-18 15:26

      They dont know the difference between South Africans and Americans (we look the same to them). The same happened during the Bali bombings. They thought the clubs they targeted were frequented by Americans, but in fact most of the people who got killed were Australian.

      fishycraig - 2012-09-18 15:28

      To some half wit terrorist I suppose a group of South Africans look pretty much like a group of Americans.

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-09-18 15:35

      They generally target Westerners. They don't really care about the nationality

      Raymon - 2012-09-18 18:25

      You have any info on who funded the film, or did 'Jews' just pop into your head ?

  • mikel.kiparski - 2012-09-18 15:32

    a normal day in afganistan,,where a dog has more value than a woman

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-18 15:41

    From the hateful and anti muslim sentinent i see here,its hard to tell the diffrence myself.Its irony how those who insult and point a finger at others for intolerance have 3 fingers pointing back at them.

  • bradley.oakleybrown - 2012-09-18 15:43

    A sad day for our friends and collegues in the aviation industry...

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-18 15:54

      Alot of the 'aviators' there carry hellfire missiles and cluster bombs too ,did u knw that??

      bradley.kecskes - 2012-09-18 15:56

      Implying the 12 killed were fighting along side the US.....ignorant much?

      anakin.skyvader.9 - 2012-09-18 17:28

      @fort.horseman.7: "hellfire missiles and cluster bombs.."? Are you completely insane or delusional or both?

  • beautifano1 - 2012-09-18 15:53

    this is just sick!!! Just because of a movie...how many other movies are there about other religions? but they don't go on like this!! it's not right to kill like this! innocent people killed, families in tears! what good is this? the devil is hard at work...we are truly living in end times, no doubt! May those whom died RIP! hectic! You Tube remove the movie, its causing unnecessary animosity! cant the world just live in PEACE FOR ONCE!!

  • charmaine.rowlands - 2012-09-18 15:54

    Innocents were killed in this horror!! ONE person makes a "movie" which NONE of us have seen and nor have 99.9% of muslims, but still completely innocent lives were taken!! You know what, wait until you get to the Throne Room, big shock coming i think

  • natasha.wentink - 2012-09-18 15:56

    All foreigners should leave the Middle East and let it self implode. So sick and tired of killing (terrorism) in the name of religion - the whole "my belief is more important than your life" sentiment - it's sickening. Get over yourselves.

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-18 16:22

      @natasha,the implosion is being caused bcause the foreigners r waging war against them.r u delusional?thats why they fighting,to free themselves from occupation.

      seanrossouwslr - 2012-09-18 19:38

      Sending a woman to blow herself up counts as fighting?

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-18 16:01

    Newsflash! Afganistan is a warzone not an aerial photography zone!

  • Zzsm Moolla - 2012-09-18 16:12

    this is definately war on islam and not a war on terror

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-09-18 20:51

      If it was wouldn't they had just nuked the place already?

  • mtarboton - 2012-09-18 16:15

    My friend died because of a f-ing movie. A movie...

      JManAtheoi - 2012-09-18 16:22

      Condolences mate.. :(

      Raymon - 2012-09-18 18:28

      Yep... how sick is that!

  • JManAtheoi - 2012-09-18 16:21

    "The anti-Islam film hurt our religious sentiments and we cannot tolerate it,"...so we kill and maim innocent people in the name of our peaceful religion. What a bunch of murderous, cowardly retards.

  • braden.tuohey - 2012-09-18 16:22

    where is the rationale? I don't like a movie so I go and murder 8 South Aficans, who have what to do with the movie, let alone the war?? I just hope the Muslim clerics in SA call for calm, and it wouldn't do them harm to appologise for their brothers sins, or at least condemn the atrocity.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-19 09:12

      That's exactly it. Islam is not rational. They all are lunatics. After all Allah is an arabian moongod.

  • fatima.shaikjee - 2012-09-18 16:37

    This is so sickening to read, these extremists have nothing better to do with their lives, my heart goes out to the deceased and their families, and I am a proud south african and a muslim and what these people are doing is totally wrong. Most of us are frustrated at these suicide bombers cause they making life difficult for all muslims around the world, and most of us want peace and not what is happening.

  • joey.hazlitt - 2012-09-18 16:44

    Demonising Islam in the US and Europe is free speech. You can say the most insulting and horrific comments about Islam and muslims and it becomes free speech. Say anything about Jews/ Christians/ Holocaust/911, and you belong in prison.

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-18 18:29

      @joey.dont expect to make any freinds here,the Truth is their biggest enemy.

      seanrossouwslr - 2012-09-18 19:41

      Umm when last was someone imprisoned in the west for blasphemy against ANY religion?

      chris.shield - 2012-09-19 09:08

      Rubbish! As someone who was raised christian I have seen images of Jesus doing some pretty depraved things made by people with something to prove, and never once have I seen someone try to get the person who drew them killed. You cannot under any circumstances justify the taking of innocent lives over something as inconsequential as a youtube video/cartoon/salman rushdie novel, you can argue until you're blue in the face, NO JUSTIFICATION! Words/images mean nothing when compared with human life.

  • joey.hazlitt - 2012-09-18 16:52

    This sadistic bombing was done for political gain, it has nothing to do with Islam. Just as Mugabes action does not represent Christianity, nor was Apartheid, World War 1,2, Vietnam War, Cold War,Colonialism, Holocaust representative of christianity. To expect Muslims to come out and condemn this is laugable, do we christians condemn the actions of own fellow believers.

  • daniel.w.gie - 2012-09-18 17:08

    It is time to get out of these countries and put a fence around them ...let them practice their beliefs and remove them from the west .

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-18 17:12

    The root cause of all Wars is because of the Imperialists relentless neverending appetite for it!

      Raymon - 2012-09-18 18:28

      Ag shutup asshat!

      seanrossouwslr - 2012-09-18 19:43

      Because only imperialist countries have ever been at war? What?

  • james.peterson.14289210 - 2012-09-18 18:44

    so you want to know where the moderate moooslims of the world are?? they where right there at the attack .. cheering on and bringing death to innocents. No such thing as moderate muslims and no such thing as a peaceful muslim, they are sworn to destroy the west. OPEN your eyes!! Hezb-e-Islami, an insurgent group that has traditionally been among the more moderate organizations in Afghanistan, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was in retaliation for the anti-Islam film trailer onYouTube that sparked demonstrations throughout the Middle East and Africa. “In the operation in reaction to the disrespect of the holy prophet, 16 American spies were killed today in Kabul,” said the group in an official statement. Insurgent groups often overestimate the death toll of such attacks and misstate the nationality and profession of those killed.

  • whatda.fuqbro - 2012-09-18 19:52

    Religion in its finest form... fairytales to die for.

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-18 21:08

    As an aviator myself,i am aware of the terms and conditions of aviating in a warzone,and dont commit to something of that nature with an unrealistic sense of security!ppl have been gettin blown up there since 2001.Did ul nly wake up today!

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-18 21:09

    As an aviator myself,i am aware of the terms and conditions of aviating in a warzone,and dont commit to something of that nature with an unrealistic sense of security!ppl have been gettin blown up there since 2001.Did ul nly wake up today!

      ross.holloway.73 - 2012-09-19 07:33

      The thing you neglect to mention is that these young aviators had got to the point where they had to fly there to up their flight hours, as the local flight companies were not hiring whites to be pilots. I know this as I know 1 of the deceased. I generally support BEE, but when a race group gets completely excluded I cannot stand for it. But that aside, the main thing that gets to me is the lack of sympathy. These are your fellow countrymen but you act as though you condone the atrocity done to them. Yes, it is a warzone, but the least you can do is feel some emotion about it.

  • nicholas.breakey - 2012-09-18 23:29

    I am not a religious person so I hold no brief for any cause other than freedom of speech, but I would like to fight these fools who can I sign up with maybe the Israelis will have me?

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