Nine dead after ‘woman’ suicide bomber blows up minibus in ‘revenge attack for anti-Muslim film’
A suicide bomber this morning rammed a small sedan into a mini-bus carrying foreign aviation workers to Kabul airport, killing nine people.
The bomber has been named by Afghan insurgents as Fatima, 22, who was reportedly wearing a suicide vest and blew herself up on a large avenue northwest of the city centre near the airport.
Islamist group Hezb-e-Islami claimed responsibility for the attack, with spokesman Haroon Zarghoon, saying it was launched in retaliation for a film mocking the Prophet Mohammad.
The criminal director for the Kabul police department, Mohammad Zahir, said eight men believed to be foreign nationals working
for an aviation company at the airport died in the blast and 10 Afghan bystanders were wounded.
The other person killed was believed to be Afghan – possibly a driver or translator for the group.
The blast, which went off in front of a petrol station, was so powerful it hurled the mini-bus about 50 metres.
Reports from the scene said at least six bodies lay next to the destroyed mini-van. Eight Afghan workers were also said to have been injured in the blast.