Female bomber kills 12 in Kabul over film

2012-09-18 08:18

Kabul - A female suicide bomber killed 12 people in Kabul on Tuesday in the deadliest single attack claimed to avenge a US film that has sparked a week of deadly protests across the Muslim world.

The attack 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.

Security officials said nine foreigners were among those killed on a major highway leading to Kabul airport and close to a wedding hall when the bomber blew her station wagon up alongside a minivan carrying foreign workers.

An AFP photographer saw at least six bodies lying among the wreckage of a gutted minivan, and another vehicle destroyed by flames still burning in the middle of the highway, with debris flung all around.

Hezb-i-Islami, the second largest insurgent group after the Taliban who have been fighting US-led troops and the government for 10 years, claimed the attack.

"The bombing was carried out by a woman named Fatima. The bombing was in retaliation for the insult to our Prophet," spokesperson Zubair Sidiqi said in a telephone from an undisclosed location.

US Marines killed

It is extremely rare for the faction to claim a suicide attack in Afghanistan. It is also rare for women to carry out suicide attacks.

Taliban fighters last week stormed a British-run airfield, killing two US Marines and destroying six US fighter jets also to avenge the film.

A week of furious protests outside US embassies and other American symbols in at least 20 countries have killed 19 other people, including the American ambassador to Libya and three other US diplomats in the North African country.

In Lebanon, the head of Shi'ite Muslim movement Hezbollah, which is blacklisted in the United States as a terrorist organisation, made a rare public appearance to warn of "very dangerous" repercussions if the film is released in its entirety.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators poured into the streets of southern Beirut to denounce the film at the request of Nasrallah, who has called for a week of protests over the film, describing it as the "worst attack ever on Islam".

"The US must understand that releasing the entire film will have dangerous, very dangerous, repercussions around the world," he told the rally.

Call for killings

The filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a 55-year-old Egyptian Copt and fraudster who was sentenced to 21 months in prison in the US in June 2010, has not been seen since Saturday when he was questioned by his US parole officer.

The risks now facing those involved in the production of the film, which depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a thuggish womaniser, were underlined when a Salafist cleric in Egypt called on Monday for the deaths of all those involved in its making.

Before dawn on Monday, officers from the Los Angeles County sheriff's department escorted four members of Nakoula's family to join him in hiding.

"I issue a fatwa and call on the Muslim youth in America and Europe to do this duty, which is to kill the director, the producer and the actors and everyone who helped and promoted the film," said the Egyptian cleric, Ahmad Fouad Ashoush.

In Pakistan, two protesters died after demonstrating against the film in the northwest, close to the Afghan border, and outside the US consulate in Karachi.

The US embassy in the capital Islamabad closed on Monday because of the risk of demonstrations and diplomats have been banned from all but essential travel.

Access to film barred

Pakistan has also blocked access to YouTube, following the video-sharing website's failure to take down the anti-Islam film.

Similar measures have been taken in Afghanistan. Google, which owns YouTube, has also barred access to the film in Egypt, India, Indonesia, Libya and Malaysia.

There have been violent demonstrations this week in Kabul and Jakarta, spreading from deadly demonstrations on Friday that saw police battle to defend US missions from mobs in Egypt, Lebanon, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen.

The United States has deployed counter-terror Marine units to Libya to protect its embassy in Tripoli and stationed two destroyers off the North African coast.

On 11 September, its consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi came under sustained attack, killing four Americans, including ambassador Christopher Stevens.

A Marine unit was also dispatched to protect the US embassy in Yemen, where police shot dead four protesters and wounded 34 others on Thursday as a mob breached its perimeter. There were more protests in Yemen on Monday.

The United States has evacuated all non-essential staff and family members from Sudan and Tunisia and warned US citizens against travel to the two countries.

  • gert.vanzyl - 2012-09-18 08:31

    According to our news now there was south africans killed in this attack?? Can somebody please confirm as we have family that is a pilot and working there at the moment

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-09-18 09:21

      Hope they safe mate.

      sam.goldberg.988 - 2012-09-18 09:24

      They were some South Africa civilian pilots working for a charter company that were killed in the blast. Absolutely pointless and tragic. They worked at the airport there.

      blackops64 - 2012-09-18 09:25

      @fidel, prove it, if you can

      michael.barns.1 - 2012-09-18 10:04

      @fidel, there is no such thing as black water.

      Raymon - 2012-09-18 10:13

      fidel, your comment just prove that you are an asshat.

      linda.patricio.3 - 2012-09-18 11:21

      Hi Gert. Yes there were 8 South African pilots killed :(

      Brenda - 2012-09-20 13:44

      Have you had confirmation as yet?

  • clive.kihn - 2012-09-18 08:49

    If, as preached by some twisted Muslim clerics, male suicide bombers are "rewarded" with a special place in paradise, populated by the comeliest maidens, could someone please enlighten us as to what "reward" female bombers receive. The mind boggles. In any event, if there is such a thing as a life hereafter, these barbaric murderers will certainly not end up in any paradise - quite the opposite, in fact.

      Klaus - 2012-09-18 09:23

      she will get 90 bearded clerics, imagine ?!

      clive.kihn - 2012-09-18 10:16

      Would the three thumbs-downers (at this stage) who don't like my and Klaus's comments please explain why. Too close to the truth, perhaps?

      Raymon - 2012-09-18 12:26

      Clive, the Muslims will not respond, because they themselves have no idea. They just 'thumbs down' (like fidel) because they are angry little people who has no clue as to what their own religion is about.

      johnny.williams.5682944 - 2012-09-18 22:55

      Perhaps the thumb-downers have more important things to do than school an ignorant idiot (or group thereof) about the inaccuracies of your comment/s - especially on a commenting system plagued by racist, biased and uneducated trolls (and moderated similarly) like yourself - who seem to source most information about Islam from people like Jeff Dunham or any other source inspired or directly involved by or with Western ideology.

  • Mmamokete Dolly Mokawane - 2012-09-18 08:55

    and killing innocent people will help? so much for PEACE

  • greg.meyer.543 - 2012-09-18 08:56

    Its not just about the film. There are hundreds of videos on youtube that insult Islam. Its all about the USA/UK/UN foreign policy. If you really think all this fuss is over a stupid video, think a bit harder....

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-09-18 09:09

      Say one thing , mean another and act in appalling fashion. Violent and incoherent . Much like the danish cartoons its being used by elements to stir tensions for political reasons , they could have used any number of films but chose one that was posted in July and just happened to co-incide with 9/11 when violence broke out peddled through a controversial eqyptian show host . Libyian officials have been quite clear on where their investigations and suspicions lie.

      walter.lebza - 2012-09-18 09:47

      And there are thousands of films on the internet which insult christianity. But do you expect christians to walk around killing innocent people? I can make a video that insults islam now and post it on youtube NOW, how will the US goverment or any other goverment monitor what I do in my closet?

      franco.ciman - 2012-09-18 11:12

      Stalingcina - So if I tell my kids that Santa does not exist, I have only myself to blame if they shoot me for disrespecting their belief?

      LanfearM - 2012-09-18 11:41

      @ stalingcina.hlongwa - oh I see. The Muslims protest a video showing the prophet Mohammed as a violent monster, by behaving like violent monsters. Thus confirming the rest of the world's opinion of them. @ greg.meyer.543 - yes I think it is actually political, but Islam is a religion that lends itself to fanaticism, and thus the politicaly players find it very easy to instigate and incite hate and violence amongst their extremist followers. And don't fool yourself, there are actually Islamic leaders and imams that really hate anything non-Islam.

      johnny.williams.5682944 - 2012-09-18 23:09

      @greg.meyer.543 - I'm glad to see someone has his ears open - not fooled by tricksters and liars.

  • christie.boyce - 2012-09-18 09:11

    Families still to be informed. SA crew involved.

  • martin.havenot - 2012-09-18 09:16

    As long as the other people who died with this stupid bitch were also inbred muzzie scum then who cares.

      LanfearM - 2012-09-18 11:38

      They weren't "inbred ... scum". They were mostly South African expats!

      johnny.williams.5682944 - 2012-09-18 23:15

      Everyone that died - was innocent (at least until proven guilty). Perhaps if you read the article - you'd have known this - but you formulated your opinion based on the title of article alone - or based on your clear hate of Muslim people, or Islam in general. Funny - because you're giving off this impression that the real inbred scum here, is none other than yourself.

  • darren.peach - 2012-09-18 09:29

    Wow. I think this illustates the need we have to respect each others beliefs. Some things are just too sensitive to take for granted.

      franco.ciman - 2012-09-18 11:15

      We've been trying to instill respect for each others belief for thousands of years - we have not succeeded. Time to try a new approach.

      darren.peach - 2012-09-18 18:51

      Weirdest thing, Actually very sad. A guy I know was close friends with one of the South Africans. @ Franco, What would you suggest ? We Nuke each other into Oblivion and then ?

  • un.believable.927 - 2012-09-18 09:32

    Islam is a sociopolitical force and they (being the extremists who wish to spread their version of Islamic doctrine) will use any means at their disposal to further their agenda. This includes using any excuse possible to incite violence and unrest. It's just another example of evil people doing evil things and hiding behind religion to try and mask their actions and true intentions. It's disgusting and reprehensible, and would be so no matter which religion was behind it.

      franco.ciman - 2012-09-18 11:18

      Problem is, the doctrine is clear about how to treat infedels, and that applies to most religions. You can't blame the people for following those instructions.

      thomas.paine.946517 - 2012-09-18 12:03

      @Franco Er, yes you can. It's called taking responsibility for your actions. Killing people in anything other than self defense is wrong. Full stop. If they don't know this then the moral standards by which they live are clearly badly skewed. But I think we know that already.

      franco.ciman - 2012-09-18 12:38

      Thomas, don't get me wrong, I absolutely agree with you. I'm just pointing out the root cause of most of the killing and wars going on right now.

  • roan.delport - 2012-09-18 09:37

    It's confirmed that S.A pilots were killed in this attack. The pilots worked for charter company operating from Kabul International Airport. I am currently in Kabul, news reports are coming through every minute with updates. RIP...

      gert.vanzyl - 2012-09-18 10:47

      have they released any names yet? A pilot in our family worked for a private company there, really worried, we in NZ and received this on our news tonight but no names released yet.

  • miquette.caalsen - 2012-09-18 09:41

    Why is this film continuously being called "American Made" when the filmmaker is Egyptian? If I was a conspiracy theorist I'd wonder if this isn't a set-up to give Muslim extremist groups a new excuse to go on a renewed jihad: 'Death to America' indeed. There is so much I want to add to this rant, but cannot. MY opinion isn't worth that many lives and the difference between me and the nut with the video camera is: I know my opinion isn't worth so many innocent people being killed. Either he is mentally disturbed, or he didn't care. Because anyone with half a brain cell could have predicted this hysteria. Which brings me back to the conspiracy theory: Making this film and releasing this film in the US is a suspiciously ideal provocation, no?

      Billy - 2012-09-18 12:09

      man, these idiots think they go to heaven if they kill an infidel. because it says so in their religion. so obviously they need a reason to go kill someone.

  • nazeem.majiet.7 - 2012-09-18 10:01

    Good morning al,I have seen the video and it perfectly clear that the intention was to hurt followers of Islam,for every action there is a re action.I pray that this will motivate to study the life of this great and final Prophet of GOD to get the correct understanding of who Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him really is,The greatest human being to have walked on this earth and with who there is no comparison.The final messenger of GOD and leader of all the Prophets.

      clive.kihn - 2012-09-18 11:46

      Amongst all your mumbo-jumbo, we assume you are justifying the killing of innocent civilians. NEVER acceptable.

      Billy - 2012-09-18 12:17

      why dont you take your halaal and fck off back to saudi or where ever you muslims belong. THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR YOU AND YOUR KINDS MURDERS'.

      franco.ciman - 2012-09-18 13:37

      Cyber, Santa PBUH is the greatest prophet EVER. He PBUH delivers on his promises every year, does not marry 9 year old girls and does not order killing in his PBUH name. .... and don't you dare insult my prophet Santa PBUH or you will NOT get prezzies this xmas.

  • stacey.boyce.14 - 2012-09-18 10:40

    To our fallen South African pilots; fly with the Angels. To the bomber Fatima; roast in hell.

  • walter.lebza - 2012-09-18 11:00

    They run around killing innocent people for a video clip, they even admit the killings. I'm sure no sensible goverment in the world can deny me from buying a video recorder and accessing the internet and sure I can make an insulting video an post it. How will that be the problem of the goverment or of the rest of the citizens where I come from? I can make a video of a muslim man killing an innocent person, and say islam and muslims are murderers and post it on youtube will that be an insult to islam? Because thats what they're doing now and they think the're doing God a favour by killing people. God is the giver of life, no matter how bad you can be you'll never be a threat to him. whether you're living or dead it doesn't make a difference to him.

      franco.ciman - 2012-09-18 12:07

      When are we going to stop believing and start understanding.

  • pdevillet.patrik - 2012-09-18 13:57

    religions commanding respect while their hands are dribbling from the blood of innocent people ...shame on all religions. all religions should apologise to humanity for all their wrongdoings

      rusted.axe - 2012-09-18 20:27

      Actually, "Thou shalt not murder" - The Bible "And cease when they cease, for God loves not the aggressors" - Quran... The only people who are guilty of what you blame religions for are government military institutions.... The "Islamic Terrorist" was created in 1948, by the UN, a body that was built from the stolen wealth of the murdered european jews of WW2. Where do you think they got the money from to start the UN,IMF and Israel??

  • renard.souza - 2012-09-18 14:55

    And in proving her hatred towards the US kills an innocent south African who happens to be my future brother in law!! RIP my brother Fraser Carey!

  • sula.manouris - 2012-09-18 15:49

    R.I.P. Steven! You will be missed!

  • lodewyk.fred - 2012-09-18 17:40

    Does woman suicide bombers also get 53 virgins?

  • lodewyk.fred - 2012-09-18 17:49

    To think the muslims are where Christianity was about 500 years ago. Killing and burning people for blasphemy and owning of a Bible. How far these clowns still have to go. And to make things worse, its all for a false prophet.

  • rusted.axe - 2012-09-18 20:18

    Who says Hizbul Islami even exists... All we have is Reuters' word for this... The military-industrial complex blows up a bus, or 2 buildings, drop some names and then comments like these are the result. Who needs crime and police harrassment when we have each other?

  • simone.richards.376 - 2012-09-19 15:24

    This is so tragic! I just want to say to all the families I am so very sorry for your loss. These men had brilliant lives to lead and they were snatched away immaturely and violently. Oom Humphries, Chris, Carey - Rest in Peace boys! And to the rest of you all, why bicker here when there is so much of this around the world... just maybe a minute of silence for once will do.

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