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Afghan Suicide Bomb targets ExPats at Kabul Grocery

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on January 28, 2011

The American embassy said: “Numerous innocent Afghan and international civilians were killed and wounded in this senseless act.

Afghan intelligence officials said four Filipinos and two Afghans were confirmed among the dead when a lone gunman opened fire, threw at least one grenade and then detonated his explosive harness.

Number of killed raised to nine

The powerful blast killed at least 8 people including three western women who were shopping in the store at the time and injured six.

Sayed Kabir Amiri, the Kabul hospitals chief, said five people were treated in emergency rooms and eight others admitted. At least three foreign men, he added, were among the injured.

Kabul Suicide Bomber Targets Western Diplomats

Afghan intelligence officials said four Filipinos and two Afghans were confirmed among the dead when a lone gunman opened fire, threw at least one grenade and then detonated his explosive harness.

Women and a child were among those killed.

The Taliban immediately took responsibility in a text message claiming it had targeted the chief of the Blackwater security contracting firm.

The 2.30pm (10am GMT) blast struck Finest Supermarket in the relatively secure central Wazir Akbar Khan district which is popular with embassies.

The shop is across the road from the fortified British embassy compound and is frequented by expats for its range of Western groceries. Witnesses said the shop was full of foreigners on what is the Afghan weekend.

2 Responses to “Afghan Suicide Bomb targets ExPats at Kabul Grocery”

  1. Brit guy said

    Foreign nationals working in these countries are aware of the risks.

    However if the text message is confirmed about targeting the head of Blackwater or Xe or whatever they call themselves these days.
    Then that is a worrying development that they are targeting the heads of these companies.

    Why would they do this? Would it be that they feel there is no justice so they will exact their own.

    If this is the case and I mean if then this must be a concern of foreign nationals working in these so called safer areas.

    Whilst governments continue to award contracts to these companies especially if they do not want to investigate allegations of wrong doing correctly or try and hide or ignore the evidence.

    Then these people will continue to target them.

    As most of these companies base themselves in what is considered safer areas or those heavily controlled by coalition forces is this not going to increase the danger to the Embassy workers and coalition troops protecting these areas.

    Maybe if people investigated complaints more thoroughly and justice was seen to be done they might not target individual companies and there employees.

    However as most of are aware when involved in this area there is no justice.

    Just a thought

  2. fight against suicide bombers said

    It is all because of Pashtu people , Pashtuns are from southern Afghanistan and tribal and outlaw region, NWFP of Pakistan, they are the only ethnic group affiliated with suicide bombers, opium farmers, opium traders, and terrorist Taliban.

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