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Latest update : 2012-09-18

Insurgent group Hezb-e-Islami has claimed responsibility for a female suicide bomber who carried out an attack on a foreign company's bus in Kabul, leaving a dozen dead, as retaliation for a US-made film that mocks the Prophet Mohammed.

A suicide blast killed up to a dozen people, including nine foreigners, in an attack on a minivan at a petrol station near Kabul airport on Tuesday.

Foreign workers travelling in a minivan that had stopped to refuel and several bystanders were killed when the female suicide bomber struck, believed to be among the first women to carry out such an attack in the city.

Zubair Sediqqi, a spokesman for Hezb-e-Islami, the country’s second-biggest insurgent group after the Taliban, has since claimed the attack was revenge for the anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims".

The attack highlighted growing anger in the Muslim world over the film, which led to last week’s killing of four Americans, including the US ambassador to Libya.

Protests swept across the Afghan capital on Monday in the worst violence seen since riots in February over the burning of Korans by US soldiers.

The death toll in this latest attack was the highest on foreigners in Kabul since April when an Afghan air force pilot shot down eight US military flight instructors and an American civilian advisor.

Hezb-e-Islami, which means Islamic Party, is a radical militant group which shares some of the Taliban's anti-foreigner and anti-government aims.

"The target was a minivan carrying employees of a foreign company who had a contract with Americans. The seven foreigners killed were Russians and South Africans," said General Mohammmad Dawod Amin, a deputy for Kabul's police chief.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)
 

Date created : 2012-09-18

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