Sunday, December 28, 2008

Killing Children in the name of Allah

CNN is reporting that a car loaded with explosives, wove its way through sand bag barriers toward a security checkpoint and when it drew even with the beginnings of a group of children making their way home from the last day of school, it exploded.

A spokesperson for the Taliban says that one of their "brave" fighters named Qari Hameedullah killed himself, 14 kids between the ages of 8 and 10, a security guard and an Afghan National Army soldier, and wounded another 58 people.

Military video surveillance taken at the scene shows the 4x4 heading from one direction toward a checkpoint and the children heading toward the checkpoint from another. When the car met the first group of children, you can see the explosion.

A spokesman for the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) in Afghanistan says:
"It's absolutely blatant. Children walking past, and then they detonate the vehicle bomb. The driver was able to see the children, there's no doubt about that at all."

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