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Kabul Korrespondence

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

Afghanistan's Insurgents Use Corpses to Hide Bombs

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

By Camilla Hall
Dec. 24

Insurgents in southern Afghanistan have used corpses to hide bombs, a new tactic in their campaign of violence, NATO said.

Two Afghans died and two were hurt in the explosion of an improvised explosive device planted on the body of a decapitated Afghan found in a cemetery, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization said today in an e-mailed statement. A second bomb exploded in a body about 18 kilometers (11 miles) from the first, the military said. No one was hurt in that attack. The blasts in Kandahar province took place over the past three days, NATO said.

``We condemn in the strongest possible terms the absolute disgraceful use of human corpses to place IEDs,'' Brigadier General Carlos Branco, an ISAF spokesman, said in the statement. ``For insurgents to use such tactics goes far beyond the pale of human decency, desecrating human remains in such a way.''
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