News / Asia

Suicide Blast Kills 41 in Afghanistan

Afghan residents watch as a man washes a damaged minivan after was hit by a remote-controlled bomb in Kabul, July 15, 2014.
Afghan residents watch as a man washes a damaged minivan after was hit by a remote-controlled bomb in Kabul, July 15, 2014.
Ayaz Gul

Afghan officials say a suicide car bomb has killed at least 41 people in eastern Afghanistan. Earlier reports said 89 were killed. Tuesday's attack took place in a region that borders Pakistan.

Authorities in the Afghan province of Paktika say almost all the victims of Tuesday’s suicide blast are civilians and fear the death toll may rise.

A presidential statement said children were also among those killed when a bomber detonated his explosives-packed car in a crowded market in Urgun district.
 
The district governor, Mohammad Reza Kharuti, told VOA that rescue workers were still trying to retrieve bodies and transport the wounded to local hospitals.
 
The governor said the massive explosion destroyed around 50 shops on both sides of the road while up to 20 vehicles were also damaged. He added that many of the victims were buried under the rubble.
 
Defense Ministry spokesman Mohammad Zahir Azimi said the military was providing helicopters and ambulances to transport those seriously injured to the provincial capital, Sharan.
 
The Afghan Taliban denied involvement in the attack. The insurgent group's spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, issued a statement, saying its “Mujahedeen” were not behind Tuesday's car bombing because "such attacks do not bring any benefit to them”.

The attack happened hours after a roadside bomb in the Afghan capital killed two employees of President Hamid Karzai’s media office. Police said five people were wounded, with the Taliban claiming responsibility for the blast.
 
Afghanistan has seen a rise in insurgent violence at a time when international troops are reducing their presence in the country to complete their withdrawal by the end of this year.
 
The United Nations says that escalation in hostilities in Afghanistan has pushed up civilian deaths and injuries by a quarter in the first six months of 2014. The U.N. mission in Kabul recently reported a “direct correlation” in some areas between the closures of foreign military bases and a rise in civilian casualties.
 
Paktika province, the site of Tuesday's deadly blast ,borders Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal district where a full-blown military offensive against militant hideouts is underway.
 
The Waziristan territory is a known hub of the Pakistani Taliban and is notorious for harboring fighters of the Afghan Taliban insurgency as well as the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani Network.

You May Like

Video Anti-Muslim Sponsor of Texas Cartoon Contest Draws Ire

Pamela Geller's supporters say she speaks truth about sensitive topic, while critics say she preaches 'that Islam is inherently evil' More

East Meets West in Exhibition Showing Chinese Influence on Fashion

Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition juxtaposes influence of art, imagery and culture, from Imperial China to the present day, on Western fashion and design More

South Africa Begins New Love Affair With Vinyl Records

Enthusiasts say the 'rebirth' of vinyl is resulting in a rebirth of music in South Africa More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: 1worldnow from: Earth
July 19, 2014 8:31 PM
Maky, at least quote the Quran in it's true context. "innocent" in the Quran is only applied to those who are Muslim, and Muslim only. Non-Muslims and Unclean-Muslims (such as the Sunni/Shia sects see each other) are considered guilty by existence, therefore are not innocent by Islamic laws or the Quran. If you must quote the peaceful Quran, make sure you quote it correctly and who the 'innocent' aplies to.
And YES, it does have everything to do with Muslims!!!!!!!!

by: 1worldnow from: Earth
July 16, 2014 10:42 PM
Sandra Belle, you have made the best statement here. I am a Christian, but I do not believe that Jesus wished for so many to be slaughtered in His name either, like the Crusades (jihad for Muslim), Spanish Inquisition, Salem Witch Trials, and the genocide of the Americas, all in the name of Jesus! Christianity cleaned up it's rhetoric, so can Islam.
I believe, personally (with no basis of facts), that all the prophets in the bibles, Quran, other religious texts, were great men and wished for all mankind to get along peacefully and to open their eyes for a better way of life....FOR ALL! But all our prophets had religious texts written about their so-called teachings and philosophies long after their deaths. Why? There were plenty of writing media for Muhammed when he was alive. Jesus was a rabbi, why didn't he write anything down for us? If I were an apostle, I would have definitely annoyed the heck out of Jesus about all the years of his life, not just the birth and death!!!!!
And, since you are a woman, I do not believe for one second that Jesus said "let he who is free of sin to cast the first stone." Jesus threw not one pebble at Mary Magdeline. I believe that Jesus actually said "let them who have partcipated in the adulterous acts, be stoned with her." That would have been the just words of any prophet. But since the Testaments were written by men, then pointing out the hypocrasies of men was taboo, at that time.
Moses to Aaron: Aaron, why did you make the golden calf?
Aaron to Moses: Because they made me do it, that's why?
Moses to Aaron: No, silly brother, I mean, where did you get all this gold?
Aaron to Moses: You got me! Weren't we just slaves?
Moses and Aaron: L'chaim! (with a rimshot)

by: Waly from: canada
July 15, 2014 2:28 PM
Well people makes comment without knowing the history real problem in the region. Well all the terrorism in the region initiated by Pakistan ISI. Secret Intelligence agency which was established by British in late 1930's. In late 1980's the ISI created 10000 madrasa to form a mulla fighters. They were training and brain washing thousands of people from all over the world.

Now those people gone all over the world and see what chaos has been created. ISI was sponsored by Saudi Arabia and CIA financially till now. The Afghan Taliban still being supported by ISI through Haqani group fighting the NATO in Afghanistan. The Irony is Pakistan getting Billions of US aid but at the same time using their own money to fight USA with their own weapons and money. It is more political than religion. Thanks
In Response

by: 1worldnow from: Earth
July 16, 2014 4:23 AM
Great enlightenment, however, you are making the assumption that there is a fine line between religion and politics. All religions were created from political points of view. No prophet wrote any of the religous texts that are in use today. Jesus wrote nothing, but he was an educated rabbi. Muhammed was also educated, but wrote nothing. Religious texts were mostly written by unknown authors, only speculative at best. Even the books in the Old and New Testaments were judged, rewritten and edited just like Congressional laws are today. Men sat around and discussed what was to be in each religious text before disseminating it to the public. Including the Koran. It's easy to understand. The only important times of Jesus was his birth and death. If you were an apostle, wouldn't you be interested in all of His years, not just the beginning and end? Why did Jesus resurrect Lazarus? Jesus loved the little children, he would have resurrected a child, not just some guy who made no contribution to Christianity!

Religion and politics are destroying mankind (no gender reference). We should have already evolved past this point in human history, don't know why. We should have beliefs, and it should always be MANKIND first! Life after death, 72 virgins, it's all tools to justify evils in the name of religions! No difference with campaign promises!!!!!!

Whether you have a particular faith or not, are we going to allow mankind to be destroyed because of religious and political beliefs?

by: eusebio manuel vestias from: Portugal
July 15, 2014 2:05 PM
god Blees people the Afghanistan and advances the peace sustainable

by: nisar ebrahim rathod from: Pakistan
July 15, 2014 11:48 AM
Who are then behind this suicide attack , the infighting; terrorism ; and the disarray in the line of rule in Afghanistan till now was the incompetency of US as the overseer to ignore the mismanagement of Karzai rule in overall Afghanistan.--- the matter of fact is that, US just managed to stay in Kabul without much care , What happen next ? --Who was responsible for the callousness and after effect in Afghanistan? -- even after the loss of Iraq war, why did it ventured in Afghanistan ? Terrorism is still at large with full force , but it has concentrated now to Asia ; Africa , but it has to flourish , and will be exported finally ,only due to despondency ; deprivation; and injustices done , not now maybe but someday if the tense conditions prevails indefinitely.
In Response

by: Red Foreman from: USA
July 15, 2014 1:24 PM
You are wrong, there are no more terrorists. President Obama has said that when he killed Osana Bin Laden that terrorism will soon no longer exist in the world. He has destroyed Al Quida. All face the east, kneel on your prayer rug and chant "Obama is greater"

by: cannon fodder from: usa
July 15, 2014 7:59 AM
You'd think just once the Moslems would have a specific reason for killing and maiming hundreds but they never do. No demands are ever made and no logic for that particular attack beyond showing they can strike anywhere, anytime. Slowly but surely the rest of the world is amassing against them and their terror tactics. Soon the whole religion will be categorized as a terrorist organization and banned.
In Response

by: 1worldnow from: Earth
July 19, 2014 8:31 PM
Maky, at least quote the Quran in it's true context. "innocent" in the Quran is only applied to those who are Muslim, and Muslim only. Non-Muslims and Unclean-Muslims (such as the Sunni/Shia sects see each other) are considered guilty by existence, therefore are not innocent by Islamic laws or the Quran. If you must quote the peaceful Quran, make sure you quote it correctly and who the 'innocent' aplies to.
And YES, it does have everything to do with Muslims!!!!!!!!
In Response

by: Maky from: USA
July 15, 2014 11:09 AM
This has nothing to do with being a Muslim. Muslims can't kill innocent people. Foreign agencies are involved here to destabilize the region. The Holy Quran: [17:33] Nor take life - which Allah has made sacred - except for just cause. And if anyone is slain wrongfully, we have given his heir authority (to demand retaliation or to forgive): but let him not exceed bounds in the matter of taking life, for he is helped (by the Law)

Based on this verse, it is Islamically unlawful to murder anyone who is innocent of certain crimes. It is well to remember at this point the distinction made above between Qur'an and Sunnah, and the Muslims: only the Qur'an and Sunnah are guaranteed to be in accordance with what the Creator desires, whereas the Muslims may possibly deviate. Hence, if any Muslim kills an innocent person, that Muslim has committed a grave sin, and certainly the action cannot be claimed to have been done "in the name of Islam."
In Response

by: Joe Hudak from: Wisconsin
July 15, 2014 11:05 AM
The reason is "ethnic cleansing." The Pushtan majority population in Pakistan has always had a disdain for the Hazaras and other Muslim minorities--especially in urban areas where minority groups try to settle in Pushtan majority communities.

Hence the bombing. The government turns a blind eye towards the actual reason for it, almost never publicizing it for what it is, just another random terrorist attack on random civilians.

So yeah, any time there's Muslim on Muslim violence in the Mid-east, it's because the perp hated the fact that the victim didn't choose the "right" form of Islam. Except in this case Pakistan more or less sanctions it.
In Response

by: Red from: Houston, Texas
July 15, 2014 10:56 AM
@cannon fodder: Islam does not tolerate acts of violence on civilians nor do followers of the faith. This disconcerting tragedy is a reality for Afghanis and Pakistanis, for which your conclusion aims to collectively punish on the basis of an extremist act. Indeed, it is you who seeks to classify civilians across the Muslim world as combatants without any reasonable basis in fact or in law. Surely, the rest of the world is on to your resilient ability to respond to an illogical act with no logic at all.
In Response

by: John Guerra from: herndon
July 15, 2014 10:34 AM
You are correct. No political statement, no reason. Not that one exists. Military targets are probably fair targets but women and children market day? Reminds me of the shelling of the market in Sarajevo that slaughtered so many Muslims. Such hate will destroy your us all. Should this group get hands on nuclear devices they will use them. No doubt.
In Response

by: sandrala Belle from: USA
July 15, 2014 10:18 AM
Why do Muslims insist upon killing each other? Surely, it was not Mohammed's plan for his people...

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Mass Grave Exposes Entrenched Trafficking in Thailandi
X
May 05, 2015 5:50 PM
Police in southern Thailand have found two more camps believed to have held human trafficking victims -- one containing a buried skeleton. This comes just days after officials announced arrests in connection with the grisly discovery of 26 bodies in a mass grave at another location. Officials suspect as many as 400 mostly ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar were being held for ransom at the remote camp near the Malaysian border. Steve Sandford reports on developments in the case.
Video

Video Mass Grave Exposes Entrenched Trafficking in Thailand

Police in southern Thailand have found two more camps believed to have held human trafficking victims -- one containing a buried skeleton. This comes just days after officials announced arrests in connection with the grisly discovery of 26 bodies in a mass grave at another location. Officials suspect as many as 400 mostly ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar were being held for ransom at the remote camp near the Malaysian border. Steve Sandford reports on developments in the case.
Video

Video Russia's 'Victory Day' Glory Over Nazis Overshadowed by Ukraine

ussia is preparing to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, known since the Soviet era as “The Great Patriotic War,” with a massive parade on May 9th of military hardware and millions of medals handed out to veterans or their relatives. But critics say the Soviet-style display of power and nationalism overshadows tragic scars during and after the war that still influence politics and foreign policy, especially in the current Ukraine crisis.
Video

Video WWII Anniversary Brings Old Friends and New Worries

The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II has special significance, with Russia becoming more assertive in Ukraine and sending its military planes to the edges of western countries’ airspace. Changes in the geostrategic balance and the transatlantic relationship are felt across the continent, not least in German towns that have hosted U.S. military bases since the defeat of Nazi Germany. VOA’s Al Pessin visited Schweinfurt, Germany, where a large base closed last year.
Video

Video Abraham Lincoln Funeral Re-created for 150th Civil War Anniversary

Over the last four years, commemorative events to mark the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War have brought thousands of visitors to battlefields and historic landmarks across the country. As VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports from the Midwest state of Illinois, the final event in the Civil War's sesquicentennial honors the final journey home of the slain American President, Abraham Lincoln.
Video

Video Campaign Raises Money to 'Uncuff' Journalists

Beginning Sunday – World Press Freedom Day – the Committee to Protect Journalists, a private U.S. group, is launching a campaign to bring attention to their plight and encourage efforts to free them. Deborah Block reports.
Video

Video Volunteers Pull Together to Aid Baltimore Riot Victims

Calm has returned to Baltimore, Maryland, after authorities lifted an overnight curfew imposed almost a week ago to stem the rioting that followed the funeral of Freddie Gray - the 25-year-old black man who died of spinal injuries suffered while in police custody. Six police officers, three of them African-American, have been charged in connection with his death. Baltimore is now trying to get back to normal, in part with the help of volunteers who responded to calls to help those in the city'
Video

Video From Aleppo To Berlin: Band of Brothers Escapes Civil War

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled the civil war in their country and journeyed to Europe by boat across the Mediterranean. It is a terrifying ordeal with dangers at every turn. A group of Syrian brothers and their friends describe their ordeal as they try to reach Germany. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports. ...
Video

Video Rural Nepal Suffers Brunt of Quake’s Devastation

Nepal is still coming to grips with the full extent of the devastation and misery caused by last Saturday’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake. Some of the hardest-hit communities have been cut off by landslides making it difficult to assess the precise toll. A VOA News crew has been among the first to reach a few of the smaller, remote communities. Correspondent Steve Herman reports from the Sindhupolchak district, east of Kathmandu, which suffered greatly in Nepal’s worst quake in more than 80 years.
Video

Video Obama Praises Work of 3 Immigrant Journalists

President Barack Obama met with three immigrant journalists at the White House Friday to praise them for their work ahead of World Press Freedom Day, May 3. In attendance: Dieu Cay (his pen name) a blogger from Vietnam recently released from prison; Lily Mengesha from Ethiopia who was harassed and detained for exposing the marrying off of young girls as child brides, and Fatima Tlisova, an ethnic Circassian from the North Caucasus region of Russia, who works for VOA's Russian Service.
Video

Video Middle East Atheist Channel Defies Taboo

In Egypt, a deeply religious country in a deeply religious region, atheism is not only taboo, it is dangerous. It is sometimes even criminal to publicly declare nonbelief. Despite the danger, one group of activists is pushing back with a new online channel that defends the right not to believe. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports.
Video

Video Nepal Quake Survivors Tell Their Stories

Against all hope, rescuers have found a few more survivors of the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal last Saturday. Mountain climbers and hikers trapped in remote places also have been airlifted to safety, and aid is finally reaching people in the areas closest to the quake's epicenter. Survivors and rescuers are now recounting their experience. Zlatica Hoke has this story.
Video

Video Lessons for Germany, Europe Remain on Anniversary of WWII's End

The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II will be marked May 8-9 in all European countries except Germany, which lost the war. How is the war viewed there, and what impact is it still having? From Berlin, VOA’s Al Pessin reports.
Video

Video Nepal Town Destroyed By Quake Counts Itself Lucky

Foreign search teams on Wednesday began reaching some of the communities outside Kathmandu that suffered worse damage than Nepal’s capital from last Saturday’s massive earthquake. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman is in Sankhu - a town of about 10,000 people - where there is relief the death toll is not higher despite widespread destruction.
Video

Video Somali Hotel Chain Owner Strives to Make a Difference

Many in the Somali diaspora are returning home to make a new life despite the continuing risks. Since 2011 when a military campaign against Al-Shabab militants began making progress, members of the diaspora community have come back to open hospitals, schools, hotels, restaurants and other businesses. Abdulaziz Billow in Mogadishu profiles the owner of a chain of hotels and restaurants who is helping to bring change to the once-deadly Somali capital.
Video

Video Child Migrants Cross Mediterranean Alone, Face Unknown Future

Among the thousands of migrants making the deadly journey by boat to Europe, there are unaccompanied girls and boys. Some have been sent by relatives to earn money; others are orphaned or fleeing war. From a shelter for young migrants in the Sicilian town of Caltagirone, VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.

Poll: Baltimore Police Charged

Poll archive

VOA Blogs