Victims' families still being sought

2012-09-18 17:27

Johannesburg - The government was by Tuesday afternoon still trying to trace all the families of eight South Africans killed in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.

"We still have not been able to contact all the families," said international relations spokesperson Nelson Kgwete.

The names of the victims would not be released until all the next-of-kin had been notified.

"It could be today, it could be tonight, it could be tomorrow," said Kgwete.

The department was making efforts to confirm the identities of those killed, and was in possession of the names of the eight South Africans.

Kgwete said the department was also in contact with the aviation company that employed those killed.

He said that a woman was among the eight people killed, Beeld reported.

Kgwete said they all worked for a private aviation company where the woman was involved in operations while three of the men were pilots, and four flight engineers, according to Beeld.

The attack occurred around 04:00.

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

The department expressed its sincere condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the victims.

Kgwele said the necessary consular assistance would be rendered to the families.

The French news agency Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that a woman bomber carried out the attack which killed 12 people.

The attack was to avenge a US film that has sparked a week of deadly protests across the Muslim world, reported AFP.

The bombing brings to more than 30 the number of people now killed in a violent backlash over a YouTube trailer for the film, "Innocence of Muslims", believed to have been produced by a small group of extremist Christians.

According to AFP, Hezb-i-Islami, the second largest insurgent group in Afghanistan after the Taliban fighting US-led troops and the government for 10 years, claimed responsibility for the attack.

"The bombing was in retaliation for the insult to our Prophet," spokesperson Zubair Sidiqi told AFP in a telephone call from an undisclosed location.

According to the BBC, the victims were in a van refuelling at a petrol station close to Kabul International Airport, when the suicide attacker rammed a vehicle into the van.

An eyewitness told the BBC the van refuelled at the same place every day.

The broadcaster reported that Afghan intelligence services believed the attacker had information about the victims and that it was a targeted killing.

  • Michael van Niekerk - 2012-09-18 17:49

    My uncle works at the company where these men where killed. He was suppose to fly last week Wednesday to Kabul, but his passport was full. Thank God for Home Affair's lack of speed, in this case rather.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-18 18:14

      It brings the story home right into the face of the local ignoramuses.

      phil.losopher.3 - 2012-09-18 18:16

      This horrible event was committed in the name of religion, but you still thank God? When are you going to realise that religion divides the world? There is no God. If these muslims knew it they wouldn't strap bombs to themselves.

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-18 19:19

      Philosopher. Do not blame God for peoples decisions. These extremists along with all other extremists use God's name as an excuse and usually target the poor uneducated to carry out the dirty work for which they themselves don't want to carry out. This is pure human evil and has nothing to do with God. God is a means to an evil end for these people

  • james.peterson.14289210 - 2012-09-18 18:47

    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.

  • debs.loots - 2012-09-18 19:13

    How tragic that tonight there are eight South African families torn apart having had a husband, father, son, wife, mother, daughter ripped from their lives and all for nothing. They were like so many of our loved ones over there to support us financially - the only way they know how. How senseless when they had nothing to do with the making of the movie which supposedly caused the "retribution" I know all South Africans, irrespective of religion, mourn the loss of our fellow countrymen and our love and thoughts go out to the families. Debbie Loots

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-09-18 19:19

    What a terrible loss of life for some stupid belief system, how terrible that 8 of South Africa's quality pilots and engineers were taken from us, years of experience gone in a heartbeat, these are societies treasures, not those damn idiots with no brain and a death wish!

  • zaks2217 - 2012-09-18 19:33

    As a South African Muslim, I would like to condemn this sort of reaction. My condolences to the families.

  • ross.holloway.73 - 2012-09-19 08:43

    \The bombing was in retaliation for the insult to our Prophet,\ spokesperson Zubair Sidiqi told AFP in a telephone call from an undisclosed location.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nCool story bro. Now tell me how they or south africans insulted your prophet? These people were there to help the afghan people, not nato and you blow them away. your logic is infallible oh mighty leader

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