Misunderstanders of Islam strike the Finest Supermarket in Kabul, hoping to murder foreigners for their bloodthirsty god. “Kabul supermarket bomb kills 9, foreigners target,” by Matt Robinson and Jonathon Burch for Reuters, January 28 (thanks to Ima):
KABUL (Reuters) – A suicide attack on a supermarket in Kabul’s upmarket embassy district on Friday killed at least nine people, three of them foreign women, in the first major Taliban assault on civilians in the capital for nearly a year.
A child was also among the dead from Friday’s bombing, which shattered a sense of relative calm that had settled over the capital after nearly a year without an attack targeting foreign or Afghan civilians.
Gunfire rattled through the area — home to the British, Canadian, Pakistani and other missions — at the start of the assault, which one witness told police was launched by a man in his forties, with dark skin and a long beard.
Bodies were carried from the blackened hull of the “Finest” supermarket, popular with foreigners and several hundred yards from the British embassy, as fires broke out among shattered shelves and scattered food. The wounded were led away wailing.
President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack as un-Islamic, and put the toll at nine, one higher than police, who said six people were wounded. They declined to give the victims’ nationalities.
The Taliban said they had carried out the attack. It was aimed at foreigners but the primary target was the head of security firm Xe Services, formerly known as Blackwater, spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Reuters by telephone.
Police said there were no security employees among the dead.
“We claim responsibility for the attack. It was carried out at a time when foreigners were shopping, including the head of a security company,” Mujahid said….