Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Aussies hurt as bomber kills 15

TWO Australian journalists were wounded in a suicide bombing that killed about 15 people in Afghanistan yesterday, just two days after an Australian commando was killed in battle.

The freelance photographers, Steve Dupont and Paul Rafael, were injured when the bomber detonated the bomb. A witness reported that the bomber was a young boy.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said one of the men had been seriously injured and required evacuation by air to a US military hospital while the other was treated at the scene.

The ABC named the photographers and Government sources said last night that the two men were working for Smithsonian Magazine.

The Taliban movement said one of its fighters carried out the suicide bombing in the small town of Khogyani.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force [Resource Imperialist Force] said its initial information was that 15 Afghans were dead and 14 wounded after the attack in the town. A witness told Agence France-Presse in Jalalabad, 25 kilometres from Khogyani.

"I saw a young boy who was carrying white papers wandering around the crowd, pretending he was applying for something at the district headquarters. All of a sudden I saw a big, red flame from among the crowd where the boy was standing and a big explosion followed."

On Sunday, Taliban fighters shot dead the Australian commando Lance Corporal Marks Jason Marks in Oruzgan province. He was the fifth Australian soldier to be killed in Afghanistan. Four other Australian soldiers were wounded.

On the same day, the Taliban movement tried to assassinate the nation's [US puppet] President, Hamid Karzai.

Quote: It's all about stealing oil resources and nothing to do with security assistance in relation to the Taliban. The Taliban are Indigenous natives and have the right to be there. NATO has no right to be there at all. Oh! US puppet President, Hamid Karzai would say otherwise but how would he explain this? Read on truth seekers.

In 1998, Dick Cheney, now US vice-president but then chief executive of a major oil services company, remarked: "I cannot think of a time when we have had a region emerge as suddenly to become as strategically significant as the Caspian." But the oil and gas there is worthless until it is moved. The only route which makes both political and economic sense is through Afghanistan.

Updated 4.59 pm AEST

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