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Blast kills moderate Muslims.

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posted on Jun, 2 2005 @ 05:13 PM

KABUL, Afghanistan - Days after Abdul Fayaz led Muslim clerics in denouncing the Taliban, assassins shot him dead. Then at his funeral this week, a suicide bomber exploded among mourners in one of the worst terror attacks since the ouster of the Taliban in 2001.

The bloodshed underlined for Afghan religious and political leaders the dangers of being a moderate in this divided nation and of supporting the country's U.S.-backed government.

"People had believed ... that the Taliban was a spent force. But they are still out there and have proven they can act in the center of a major city," said Joanna Nathan, a Kabul-based analyst for the International Crisis Group, a think tank with headquarters in Belgium.

The suicide bombing Wednesday at the mosque in Kandahar, the main city in southern Afghanistan and the Taliban's former stronghold, killed 20 people, including Kabul's police chief, Gen. Akram Khakrezwal, a supporter of President Hamid Karzai, and six of his bodyguards.

Security was tight for the funeral because several local leaders were expected to attend, but the attacker managed to evade detection and get close to the police commander before detonating the explosives strapped to his body.

No one claimed responsibility. Kandahar Gov. Gul Agha Sherzai said the attacker was an Arab member of al-Qaida, citing an intelligence report that Arab members of Osama bin Laden's terrorist network had entered Afghanistan to carry out attacks.

this wat happens to "moderate Muslims" who oppose the views of fundamentalists. they use words to oppose and the fanatics decided to use their style of responding, tsk tsk.


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