Insurgents tricked an 8-year-old girl in a remote area of central Afghanistan into carrying a bomb wrapped in a cloth and then detonated the bomb remotely when she was close to a police vehicle, the Afghan authorities said Sunday. Only the girl was killed in the blast.
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Afghan Girl Tricked Into Carrying Bomb, Officials Say
By ALISSA J. RUBIN
Published: June 26, 2011
KABUL, Afghanistan — Insurgents tricked an 8-year-old girl in a remote area of central Afghanistan into carrying a bomb wrapped in a cloth and then detonated the bomb remotely when she was close to a police vehicle, the Afghan authorities said Sunday.
Only the girl was killed in the blast, which occurred in Uwshi Village of Charchino District, said Fazal Ahmad Shirzad, the police chief of Uruzguan Province.
Mr. Shirzad said he believed that the girl was completely unaware that the bag that she had been given by Taliban insurgents held a bomb. The girl’s body was later “taken to a nearby security check post and the police called her relatives, “ he said.
In Logar Province in southeastern Afghanistan, the death toll in the bombing that occurred Saturday at a hospital in a small town rose to 37 as people who were severely injured by the blast died, said Mohammed Zarif Naibkhail, the director of public health for the province. Another 53 people were injured.
“The casualties are actually way higher than that but the local villagers rushed to the hospital right after the explosion and took the bodies of their relatives to their own villages,” he said.
Four NATO soldiers were also killed Sunday. Two were Spanish troops who died when an improvised explosive device detonated in Badghis Province in western Afghanistan, according to the Spanish Defense Ministry. A soldier also died in southern Afghanistan and a soldier died in eastern Afghanistan, according to a NATO statement.
Ray Rivera in Kabul and Taimoor Shah in Kandahar contributed reporting.
It’s always the fucking children. My heart breaks at the same time as I am filled with such rage. This is why I hate religion.