« | »

Taliban Kill 30, Karzai Offers Govt Jobs

From France’s AFP:

An Afghan police officer looks at a destroyed army bus after a suicide blast in Kabul,Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007.

Kabul bus bomber kills 30 troops

by Bronwen Roberts

A suicide bomber wearing an army uniform blew up an Afghan military bus in Kabul Saturday, killing around 30 people and wounding many more in one of the deadliest attacks of the Taliban’s insurgency.

Afghanistan’s US-backed president, Hamid Karzai, called for “stronger vigour” in the worldwide fight against terrorism after the devastating blast.

The attacker detonated his explosives at the entrance of the bus as it picked up army personnel going to work at the defence ministry in the centre of the heavily guarded city, ministry spokesman General Zahir Azimi said.

The force of the explosion blew off the roof and sides of the large bus, which was torn into mangled metal.

Television pictures showed rescuers rushing bloodied bodies from the vehicle. Some of the dead were still in their seats. Debris was scattered across a wide area. Around 30 people were wounded.

The extremist Taliban movement claimed responsibility for the morning rush-hour attack, which was the deadliest in the city since a similar explosion on a police bus in June killed about 35 people…

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed said the attack was part of a Taliban “operation” planned for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan…

Bear in mind that we aren’t even supposed to arrest Muslim terrorists during Ramadan, lest we offend their delicate sensibilities.

But wait, there’s more good news, from the Associated Press:

Taliban suicide blast kills 30; Afghan leader offers Taliban a place in government for peace

September 29, 2007 (KABUL, Afghanistan) – A Taliban suicide bomber wearing an Afghan army uniform set off a huge explosion Saturday while trying to board a military bus in the capital, killing 30 people, most of them soldiers, officials said. Hours later, the Afghan president offered to meet personally with the Taliban leader for peace talks and give the militants a position in government.

Strengthening a call for negotiations he has made with increasing frequency the last several weeks, President Hamid Karzai said he was willing to meet with Taliban leader Mullah Omar and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a former prime minister and factional warlord leader.

“If I find their address, there is no need for them to come to me, I’ll personally go there and get in touch with them,” Karzai said. “Esteemed Mullah, sir, and esteemed Hekmatyar, sir, why are you destroying the country?”

Karzai said he has contacts with Taliban militants through tribal elders but that there are no direct and open government communication channels with the fighters.

“If a group of Taliban or a number of Taliban come to me and say, ‘President, we want a department in this or in that ministry or we want a position as deputy minister … and we don’t want to fight anymore… If there will be a demand and a request like that to me, I will accept it because I want conflicts and fighting to end in Afghanistan,” Karzai said.

“I wish there would be a demand as easy as this. I wish that they would want a position in the government. I will give them a position,” he said…

Who says crime doesn’t pay?

And apparently terrorism pays best of all.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, September 29th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

No Responses to “Taliban Kill 30, Karzai Offers Govt Jobs”

Sorry, comments for this entry are closed at this time.

« Front Page | To Top
« | »