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Burqa Man Kills 12 Afghan Civilians, 6 Cops

From his/her admirers at Reuters:

An Afghan woman carries cucumbers on her head in the old city of Kabul.

Suicide blast kills 12 Afghan civilians, 6 police

By Sharafuddin Sharafyar Thu May 15

HERAT, Afghanistan (Reuters) – A suicide bomber disguised in a burqa blew himself up in a bazaar in western Afghanistan on Thursday, killing six police and 12 civilians, officials said.

Twenty-two people were wounded in the blast, which happened near a police station in the Del Aram district of Farah province. The policemen were inspecting vehicles on the road outside at the time.

“So far, 18 people, including police and civilians, have been killed,” Farah’s governor Rohul Amin told Reuters by telephone.

Citing officials near the site, Amin said the bomber was wearing the all-enveloping burqa robe commonly worn by Afghan women.

President Hamid Karzai who has been leading Afghanistan since the Taliban’s removal in 2001, condemned the attack and said it was “obscene” that the bomber had used a burqa as a disguise.

“The enemies of Afghanistan, by misusing the women’s veil, put on display their unmanliness,” a palace statement quoted him as saying.

A Taliban spokesman, Qari Mohammad Yousuf, told Reuters the attack was carried out by a member of the group, which is leading an insurgency against the government and foreign troops. He said the bomber was a man and was not wearing a burqa…

Two police vehicles were destroyed in Thursday’s attack, the latest in two years of rising violence in Afghanistan, the bloodiest period since the Taliban were driven from power in 2001.

Six of those killed were police, including a senior officer, another provincial official said, adding the rest of the dead were civilians.

In another incident, Taliban militants killed two policemen when they attacked a checkpoint in Qalay-I-Zal district in the northern province of Kunduz on Wednesday night. A mobile phone mast was also destroyed in the same district, Security Commander General Mohammad Saleh told Reuters on Thursday.

“There are small insurgent groups active in the area and we are working to eliminate them,” he said…

This really is shocking.

Not that a heroic “freedom fighter” would disguise himself as a woman in order to blow up some of his co-religionists.

But that Reuters actually deigned to mention that some civilians were killed by the terrorists militants.

The Reuters’ style book usually insists that only US forces kill civilians.

Meanwhile, S&L correspondent Noyzmakr posted this all too similar story from Sky News on the “Other News” thread:

Teenage Girl Used In Suicide Bombing

Wednesday May 14, 2008

A teenage girl strapped with explosives has blown up and killed an Iraqi army captain. The bomb was detonated by remote control, injuring four soldiers in addition to the one who died, an Iraqi Army spokesman said.

Local authorities imposed a curfew in the area and American troops launched a search for those responsible.

US soldiers originally said an eight-year-old girl was used in the attack, which took place near Youssifiyah, south of the capital, Baghdad.

But the US army now believes the girl was around 16-years-old….

That’s an important distinction, of course. Now we should feel much better.

But my how those Muslims respect and defend their women.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 15th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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