Afghan suicide bomber who killed 40 at wedding was 12 years old

’Everyone immediately tried to escape,’ one guest said. But the boy’s suicide vest detonated, killing more than 40 and wounding at least 80, said a police chief who witnessed the attack.

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan —
The boy, dressed in white and thought to be no older than 13, appeared amid the din of a wedding party in a small southern Afghan village and walked up to within 15 feet of a cluster of tables where everyone was eating. As he prepared to detonate his suicide bomb vest, the gathering flew into a panic.

“Everyone immediately tried to escape,” said Abdullah Jan, a guest at the wedding. But there was no time.

The boy’s suicide vest packed with explosives detonated, killing more than 40 people and wounding at least 80, said Zemarai Khan, a local police chief who was at the wedding and witnessed the attack.,0,5767263.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fnews%2Fnationworld%2Fworld+%28L.A.+Times±+World+News%29

So sad. :frowning:


So evil—

One of the consequences of the Islamic world not vigrously and absolutely condemning the suicide missions of the intifada against Jews, of even making such warriors into martyrdom heroes, is that now Moslems have become the main targets of their heroes.

Moral clarity is so important. Chances are, your average Afghani or Pakistani or Saudi or Iraqi will never even meet a Jew in their Judenfrien territories. They will be constantly exposed to other families, other villagers, other tribes, the traditional outsiders,Shia instead of Sunni,… These are so easily seen as the actual enemy in tribal societies.

The intifada taught the Islamic world that this is what martyrdom heroes do. Hussein honored the family of these heroes with money, streets were renamed in their honor, and even the moderates at least ‘understood’.

The lesson was learned. So they are doing it to each other.

The wedding was targeted, apparently, because the village had a militia which had been built up by US special forces, and many of the militia members were at the wedding.

The groom in Nagahan had invited numerous members of the militia and of the Afghan police, according to Mr. Ayoubi and Sardar Mohammed Zazi, the Kandahar police chief. The groom survived but was injured. At least 14 children died in the attack, officials said.

A local police chief was among the dead, while the head of the local militia, Hajji Mohammed Naji Kako, didn’t attend the wedding and was unhurt, said Hajji Mohammed Nabi, a local tribal leader and the militia’s former commander.

Working with a Special Forces detachment, the Nagahan militia brought relative security to the nearby parts of Arghandab district over the past several months. The project, however, is controversial and the militia remains unrecognized by the Afghan government.

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