September 19, 2012

Female Suicide Bomber from Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin Strikes in Kabul

From the Long War Journal by Bill Roggio | Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG) has claimed credit for a suicide attack in Kabul today that targeted foreigners and was executed by a female. At least 12 people, mostly foreign workers, were killed in the attack. HIG said the attack was carried out in revenge for a movie clip that insulted the Prophet Mohammed.

The female suicide bomber rammed a car packed with more than 400 pounds of explosives into a bus as it was transporting workers near Kabul International Airport, Pajhwok Afghan News reported. Eight foreign workers, including Russians and South Africans, and four Afghan civilians, were killed in the blast.

The attack was claimed by Engineer Haroon Zarghoon, a spokesman for the Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin, a faction of the Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan which is led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. Zarghoon said the attack was carried out by a 22-year-old woman named Fatima, and that it was conducted to avenge a controversial film released on YouTube that depicts the life of the Prophet Mohammed in a negative light.

Today's suicide attack in Kabul is the second in the capital in 10 days. On Sept. 8, a suicide bomber killed six children outside the gate of Camp Eggers, a major US and NATO military installation.

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