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Muslim Bomb Kills 59 Muslim Afghan Kids

From the AFP:

Afghan oficials pray during a prayer service for the victims of the 06 November 2007 suicide blast at the Eid Gah mosque in Kabul.

Fifty nine children dead in Afghan suicide attack

by Bronwen Roberts Fri Nov 9

KABUL (AFP) – Afghanistan’s education ministry said Friday that a suicide attack this week had killed 59 children and five teachers, taking the death toll to 75 in the deadliest such bombing in the insurgency-hit country.

Six lawmakers and five bodyguards were also killed in the blast on Tuesday in the northern province of Baghlan, which has been free of the regular attacks by Taliban and other extremist militants that plague the south and east.

“We have got 59 school children, aged from eight to 18, and five teachers killed in that blast,” education ministry spokesman Zuhor Afghan told AFP.

Nearly 100 more children were wounded, he said.

The children, whom one official said were from the same school, had gathered to welcome a visiting delegation of parliamentarians to a sugar factory outside the town of Pul-i-Khumri, about 150 kilometres (90 miles) north of Kabul…

The toll from the blast has been difficult to pin down with various officials issuing different numbers.

A health ministry official in Kabul, Ahmad Shah Shokohmand, said earlier Friday that 64 people were killed, four of whom had died in hospital from their wounds.

“The latest figures are a result of our investigations based on the count of the graves in the area,” Shokohmand told AFP. He said another 81 people were wounded.

Meanwhile, Baghlan province Abdul Rahman Sayedkhili said a suspect had been arrested at the site of the blast, a day after the bombing, because he was behaving suspiciously…

Kudos to France’s AFP for highlighting the death of so many children.

Normally, we only hear about the death of children if some are alleged to have been killed by the US.

Of course this isn’t being played up by the US press.

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