2007年 06月 18日
There was a big explosion in Kabul yesterday, and it is reported that around 35 police instructors and 20 civilians were killed. It is also reported that 5 internationals (2 Japanese nationals, 1 Pakistani, and 2 Koreans) were killed or injured in this accident. Some newspapers say that it was BBIED (Body Borne Improvised Explosive Device), and others say it was VBIED (Vehicle Borne IED). I am not sure which information is correct, but I feel that this explosion can be a significant turning point in terms of security in Kabul.
This explosion has been the biggest terrorist attack since the fall of Taliban regime in 2001, and the casualties include many civilians. Indeed, the target was ANP (Afghan National Police), but the way of attacking has become inhumane, and the distinction between soldiers and civilians has been blurred. It can be said that this method was borrowed from the west of Afghanistan, namely Iraq and other Arabic countries.
There had been also a suicide attack in Kabul the day before yesterday. Suicide attackes for two days straight. Also, yesterdays's one contained Japanese nationals (maybe NGO workers?). Japan's contribution to Afghanistan has been enormous, and repuration towards Japanese people in Afghanistan is very good. I think that this is the asset of Japan, and it should be maintained in a good way. However, this kind of incident could influence Japan's aid to Afghanistan because the Japanese government is sensitive to deaths and injuries of its own nationals.
I hope that our government will evaluate this incident carefully and make a right decision for Afghanistan.
By the way, I am alive...... (I was near the explosion, though!).
Thank you very much for those who gave me a call yesterday.
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