9 Foreign Civilians Among 12 Killed in Kabul suicide bombing

A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into a minivan near the airport in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul today, killing nine foreign civilians and three Afghans, police said in a statement.

General Mohammad Zahir, the head of Kabul police’s crime investigation department, confirmed in a phone interview that foreigners had been the target of the attack.The nationalities of those killed wasn’t yet confirmed, Zahir said. At least seven of the foreigners who died were working for an aviation company at the international airport, the Associated Press reported, citing Zahir.

NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said a bomber struck on the main highway leading to the airport and that there were no military casualties.

While no one claimed responsibility, Taliban militants have threatened to step up their attacks in Afghanistan after a movie that ridicules the Prophet Muhammad was posted to the Internet.

Violent protests over the American-made anti-Islamic film have roiled parts of Kabul over the last few days, mirroring demonstrations and attacks on U.S. and European-linked targets across the Muslim world. U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three colleagues were killed in an attack in Benghazi last week, while Muslim protesters in Tunis and elsewhere were killed in clashes with government security forces.

Security Transition

The protests may fuel anger in Afghanistan at a time when a security transition from exiting U.S.-led forces to Afghanistan’s army and police, is already being hindered by a surge in so-called insider attacks.

In the latest strike, four U.S. soldiers who went to help Afghans during a battle with militants at a remote checkpoint were killed on Sept. 16, apparently by Afghan police, according to the Associated Press, the third attack by Afghan forces or militants dressed in security uniforms in three days.

At least eight Afghan women were killed at the weekend by a NATO airstrike as they gathered firewood in the mountains of eastern Laghman province, NATO and government officials said, prompting a condemnation from Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

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  • wargame1

    Taliban destroyed six US fighter jets in an unprecedented assault on a major base in the south of Afghanistan. A gunman in an Afghan police uniform killed two British soldiers in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, a day after insurgents dressed in U.S. Army uniforms attacked a military base, killing two American Marines, wounding nine other people and destroying six Harrier fighter jets and two other jets were significantly damaged, military officials said.

    $23 million dollars per Jet times 8 = 184 million dollars just vaporized !!
    Taliban named the attack as “Operation Harry” as they said they will do everything in their power to kill or kidnap Queen Elisabeth´s grand Son Harry who is in Afghanistan at the moment purifying himself after being appeared in a “Nude Party” in Vegas

    • 5thDrawer

      I’m sure Moe will note the pics of Harry were not caused to be dumped on. Freedom of the press. He got himself into that mess with some dubious characters to party with. Major difference to the spy-shots on a private residence of his brother and wife – which Moe seems not to understand.
      As for ‘Business Week’, even they are saying ‘American-made anti-Islamic film’ … which it isn’t. It’s only one man’s view and production. In a country which allows freedom of expression. The distinction fails everyone … especially Nastyrallah, who believes everything anyone does in a day, or in their lives, should be controlled by him and a belief with no logic.

    • 5thDrawer

      I’m sure Moe will note the pics of Harry were not caused to be dumped on. Freedom of the press. He got himself into that mess with some dubious characters to party with. Major difference to the spy-shots on a private residence of his brother and wife – which Moe seems not to understand.
      As for ‘Business Week’, even they are saying ‘American-made anti-Islamic film’ … which it isn’t. It’s only one man’s view and production. In a country which allows freedom of expression. The distinction fails everyone … especially Nastyrallah, who believes everything anyone does in a day, or in their lives, should be controlled by him and a belief with no logic.

  • wargame1

    Taliban destroyed six US fighter jets in an unprecedented assault on a major base in the south of Afghanistan.

    • 5thDrawer

      I’m sure Moe will note the pics of Harry were not caused to be dumped on. Freedom of the press. He got himself into that mess with some dubious characters to party with. Major difference to the spy-shots on a private residence of his brother and wife – which Moe seems not to understand.
      As for ‘Business Week’, even they are saying ‘American-made anti-Islamic film’ … which it isn’t. It’s only one man’s view and production. The distinction fails everyone … especially Nastyrallah.