SA woman among dead in suicide attack

2012-09-18 16:18

Johannesburg - The international relations and co-operation department said on Tuesday that a woman was among the eight South Africans killed in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Beeld reported.

Department spokesperson Nelson Kgwete said they 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.

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

Kgwete said the department conveyed its condolences to the friends and families of the deceased.

He said the families would be given assistance.

Meanwhile, the Inkatha Freedom Party said it was saddened by the attack.

"The IFP condemns the suicide attack that claimed the lives of eight South Africans, among others, in Kabul," the party's international relations spokesperson Ben Skosana said in a statement.

He said the IFP expressed its sincere condolences to the families of those killed in the attack, which took place on Tuesday morning.

Skosana said the IFP believed suicide missions were not the answer to political problems.

He also condemned the attack in Libya which resulted in the death of the United States ambassador and three embassy staff.

  • eniko.mate - 2012-09-18 16:47

    "The international relations and co-operation department said on Tuesday that one of the a woman was among the eight South Africans killed in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul" Read it again?? What a typo! SAD

  • bob.slap.5 - 2012-09-18 16:50

    joey you moron you must be related to jub jub and yes you are talking sh*%

  • bob.slap.5 - 2012-09-18 17:29

    Please speak for yourself and not for all white South Africans, we all have different views on what other half baked idiots have done and are doing to the Zimbabweans as well as to South Africans of all kinds. By the way conscription stopped 20 years ago and most the subcontractors have never been in the SADF, these are young people offering a service and been paid for it.

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-18 17:29

    Did ul know that 7 Afghan women were killed in a drone attack ,day before yesterday,when they went into the hills to pick nuts from the trees.The US apologised for the mistake.

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-18 20:01

      No we dont. Link that article

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-18 23:34

      Check 'The Telegraph Afghanistan latest news'

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-18 23:49

      @boltonbarry.if u luk ul find it,it wasnt 7 it was 8.'nato warplane kills 8 Afghan women collecting firewood' 16 Sept 2012 .It was 'regrettable' as stated.

      Arif.Akbar87 - 2012-09-19 10:35

      Ofcoz no1's seen that dude. No1 cares if 1000's of innocent muslims: men, women and children are dying on a daily basis due to hundreds of 'accidents' committed by the u.s. it's more important when muslims retaliate from having their most beloved and respected prophet insulted

      customdesign - 2012-09-19 10:58

      FUnny that they dont do anything about their brothers being slaughtered in Syria

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-20 21:33

      Arif because 1000's of Muslims aren't dying on a daily basis. Stop being an extremest. Extreme Muslims kill many people who do not insult your beloved prophet on a daily basis

  • niel.phillips.7 - 2012-09-18 17:40

    and now......lets see this stupid anc government condone this bombing.....bloody useless lot

      fdalana - 2012-09-18 18:12

      you always looking to find a way to bad-mouth the useful is that to you and the rest of us?

      lorain.maseko - 2012-09-19 15:03

      Niel this might come as a surprise to you but the ANC is not responsilbe for every sinlg thing that is wrong in the world,trust me their influence is not that far reaching.

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-09-18 18:09

    Women picking nuts from the trees? A lot of men must have been blown to kingdom come!

  • ali.asgar.58323 - 2012-09-18 18:35

    I was also offered a job in Afghanistan and I declined it.I advised my colleagues to do the same.Its just not worth the money.I sympathise with their families but they knew the risks,they took the chance and they lost.Im a paramedic but would rather work for peanuts here than risk my life serving the occupation in a war zone.

  • james.peterson.14289210 - 2012-09-18 18:46

    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.

  • johanna.vandokkum - 2012-09-18 19:38

    One wonders why these South Africans were working in Afghanistan in the first place - surely such skilled pilots and flight engineers are badly needed in South Africa with its large skills-shortages? Why couldn't they find jobs in South Africa?

      carl.manthe - 2012-09-18 20:16

      Johanna skilled and highly experienced white persons can't get jobs in South Africa because of legislation!!!! As simple as that.

      ian.gow.37 - 2012-09-18 20:31

      It is obvious that you have not heard of affirmative action.

      fc.sjc - 2012-09-18 21:18

      Because they are white, in SA they rather employ an unskilled person before a white person get employed

  • hpoirot - 2012-09-19 09:50

    Any comment from the South African Islamic community?

  • max.maxwell - 2012-09-19 10:37

    My condolences to family and friends! What a stupid, senseless tragedy! Bet the "religious leader" who gave the orders is nice and safe in his expensive dwelling!

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