Eight South Africans killed by suicide bomber
Attack by a woman suicide bomber occurred this morning
Eight South Africans died in a suicide bomb attack which killed 12 in Kabul in Afghanistan on Tuesday morning, the foreign ministry said.
“Our mission in Islamabad in Pakistan, which is also accredited in Afghanistan, has informed us that eight South Africans were among the dead in the explosion which occurred in Kabul early this morning,” foreign affairs spokesman Nelson Kgwete said.
“They worked for a private aviation company,” he added.
The group were all believed to be men, Kgwete said.
“Our mission in Islamabad is working on the identity of the men and contacting their next of kin.”
The Islamist militant group Hizb-i-Islami, which claimed responsibility for the dawn attack, said it was carried out by a 22-year-old woman named Fatima.
She rammed a Toyota car packed with explosives into a mini-bus carrying foreign aviation workers to the airport.
The South Africans were believed to be working for an aviation company based at Rand Airport in Johannesburg.
Tuesday’s attack by a woman suicide bomber was the deadliest single attack claimed to avenge a US film that has sparked a week of bloody protests across the Muslim world.
More than 30 people have now been killed in the violent backlash over a YouTube trailer for the film “Innocence of Muslims”.
The short film made with private funds in the United States and posted on the Internet has ignited days of demonstrations in the Arab world, Africa, Asia and in some Western countries.
In a torrent of violence blamed on the film last week, the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were amongst those killed.
The identity of those directly responsible for the film remains unclear.
Clips posted online since July have been attributed to a man named Sam Bacile, which two people connected with the film have said was probably an alias.
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, a Coptic Christian widely linked to the film in media reports, was questioned in California on Saturday by U.S. authorities investigating possible violations of his probation for a bank fraud conviction.