Afghan airport hit by revenge car bombing from Taliban

by Alister POOLE on February 27, 2012

A Taliban suicide car bomber killed nine people and injured 10 others as part of an attack on eastern Afghanisan’s Jalalabad airport.
The Taliban said that the bombing comes as revenge for the Koran-burning incident that occurred just a week ago at a US air base. The controversial burning, which Washington officials have said was completely unintentional, sparked protests across every city of the country.

Nato said that it has had no reports whatsoever of international forces having their soldiers or other representatives killed by the Jalalabad attack. Jalalabad Airport mainly serves civilian aircraft and international military aircraft. Thus far, at least four eye-witness accounts of cars being destroyed at the airport’s mai gates have been heard.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid sent an email to the media that explained the attack is direct revenge against the American soldiers who burned the Koran.’ Afghanistan’s president Hamid Karzai made appeals for calm to be kept amid widespread anger over burning incident, which took place at the Bagram air base on the outskirts of Kabul.

In his address last night, which was broadcast on national television, Mr Karzai condemned the treatment of the Koran but added that his people must show calm and peace now that their feelings on the subject have been shown.

Over the past five days, 30 people have lost their lives - with the most violence breaking out yesterday as a grenade was aimed at northern Kunduz province Nato base before injuring several personnel. As well as this, a US base and police station was attacked by an angry mob of over 4.000 people in Aybal, a city in Samangan province.

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