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Kabul Korrespondence

Fresh, factual, and funky view of Afghanistan and the surrounding Central Asian region

Worst suicide attack since the fall of the Taliban.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Up to 41 people, including six MP's were killed in a suicide bombing Tuesday at a sugar factory in northern Afghanistan, one of the worst attacks since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. Many more were also injured in the attack including students that were there to welcome the ministers. Government officials said the bomber blew himself up in the factory in the northern province of Baghlan just as a parliamentary economics committee was visiting.

Officials were not immediately able to provide a breakdown of the dead and wounded in the immediate aftermath of the late afternoon blast in the town of Pul-i-Khumri, about 150 kilometres (90 miles) north of Kabul.
Afghan media cited witnesses saying mutilated bodies littered the scene of the attack, which was covered in blood. Many of the wounded were in a critical condition, they said.

Those dead included Mustafa Kazimi, who headed the parliament's economics committee and a former government commerce minister, she said. "The president condemned this attack in the strongest terms possible," said Hamidzada, spokesman for President Hamid Karzai.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast but there have been around 120 suicide attacks in Afghanistan this year, most of them blamed on the extremist Taliban movement waging an intensifying insurgency. However, one of the Taliban's main spokesmen, Zabihullah Mujahed, said his organisation was not involved in the latest attack. Northern Afghanistan, including Baghlan, has seen relatively little of the daily violence plaguing Afghanistan and blamed on the Taliban.

The hardline Islamic Taliban were in government from 1996 until they were ousted in late 2001 by a US-led coalition following the September 11 attacks that year in the United States. In the past week, insurgents have also driven security forces out of three districts in southern and central Afghanistan, and claim to have captured the areas. The government says it will launch operations soon to drive them out.

For all concerned I'm currently in the West of the country and safe. T
posted by Travis, 9:02 pm


Best you stay in the West Doooood
commented by Blogger Benjamin, 10:07 am  

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