By Sarah Barchus
A female suicide bomber crashed a car full of explosives into a mini-bus in Kabul early Tuesday, the Star Tribune reported.
The explosion hurled the mini-bus at least 50 yards Kabul police chief Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi said. The mini-bus was taking 12 foreign aviation workers to the airport who were all killed in the explosion. The blast also killed four Afghans and injured 11 Afghan civilians, according to Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi, the Star Tribune reported.
Haroon Zarghoon, a spokesman for the Islamist militant group Hizb-i-Islami, called the Associated Press and claimed responsibility for the attack. He said the bomber was a 22-year-old woman named Fatima who volunteered to carry out the attack, the Star Tribune reported.
Women are not usually allowed to drive in Afghanistan so a female car bomber is out of the ordinary, the Central News Network reported.
The bombing was in response to the anti-Islam film that has been causing protests throughout the Middle East. Zarghoon told the Associated Press that the film "hurt our religious sentiments and cannot be tolerated," the Star Tribune reported.
Clayson Monyela from South Africa's International Relations Department said that all the mini-bus passengers were ethnically white and could have been mistaken for westerners associated with the United States or NATO.
Zarghoon said that the Hizb-i-Islami group lost interest in reconciliation talks since eight women and girls were killed the Laghman province, a Hizb-i-Islami stronghold, during a NATO airstrike against known targets, the Star Tribune reported.
Zarghoon said, "When the Americans show they are serious about talks and a solution, we will talk peace then," the Star Tribune reported.