The hospital may not have been the originally intended target, as the driver set off his explosives when authorities tried to stop the car. In any case, he was on a mission of slaughter on the promise of paradise to those who “slay and are slain” fighting in the cause of Allah (Qur’an 9:111). Whatever the actual target was, outrage should be intense across the country, but will probably not rise to the same level of fury as when a man in Denmark draws a cartoon. “Afghanistan: Deadly attack on Logar hospital,” from BBC News, June 25:
A deadly car bomb has hit a hospital in Afghanistan’s eastern Logar province, with women, children and elderly among the casualties.
The provincial health director told the BBC that 27 people had died and 53 were hurt, adding the toll could have been higher as many people took away the bodies of relatives.
The facility was destroyed and people were buried under rubble.
Officials blamed the Azra district bomb on the Taliban, but they denied it.
A Taliban spokesman said they did not target civilians and that “someone with an agenda” was behind the blast.
The BBC’s Bilal Sarwary in Kabul says the Taliban always distances itself from attacks with large numbers of civilian casualties.
There has been confusion over the death toll from Saturday’s explosion as earlier the health ministry said 60 people had died, while local and Kabul officials gave differing totals.
An intelligence official said the hospital may not have been the intended target, because the suicide bomber detonated the device as police tried to stop his car.
A large number of people had been gathering at the clinic for weekly treatment, many of them women, children and elderly people, said provincial official Din Mohammad Darwaish.
Doctors and nurses were also said to be among the dead.
A man who lives near the hospital, Abdul Rahman, told AFP news agency he lost seven relatives in the blast.
“I was at home, then I heard a big explosion,” he said. “When I rushed to the site, I saw many dead and injured people.
“Many of them were burning, on fire. There were body parts everywhere.”
Soldiers were sent to the scene to rescue those trapped beneath the ruins.
A statement by the public health ministry, quoted by AFP, said: “This inhumane act is unprecedented in the history of the conflict in our country and targeted a place where wounds are healed and patients receive treatment.”…