A suicide bomber targeting foreign workers in Kabul has killed 14 people, and the group responsible is trying to tie the attack to the still ongoing protests over the anti-Muslim video. According to police, a woman driving a explosives-filled car rammed into a minivan carrying airline workers to the airport. Ten of those killed were South Africans working for a charter airline company. The other three people killed were Afghan civilians.
The militant group Hizb-e-Islami claimed responsibility for the attack, and that it was in response to the anti-Islamic movie that has sparked protests all over the Muslim world. That would seem like a convienet excuse for an assault that probably would have happened done anyway and a way to tie the group to a lager movement, since the target was not an American interest or even NATO forces. (A spokesman for the group claims "foreign civilians are tasked to spy for" foreign troops.) Hizb-e-Islami has been around since the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and was once aligned with the United States. However, it was the first time this group has used suicide bombing as a tactic, according to Al Jazeera.
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