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*BREAKING* Blast by Pakistan Danish embassy (at least 8 killed)

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posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 03:39 AM
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*BREAKING* Blast by Pakistan Danish embassy


news.bbc.co.uk

At least three people have been killed in a large blast near the Danish embassy in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, according to reports.

At least three people were hurt. The cause of the explosion, at about midday local time (0600 GMT), is not known.

TV pictures showed extensive damage to the embassy building and several vehicles outside, and a large crater was created by the blast.

Residents in the area reported windows broken and a huge cloud of smoke.

Some Danish embassies around the world have been threatened since a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad was reprinted in Danish newspapers in February.

The cartoons, deemed offensive to Islam, led to worldwide protests when they were first printed in September 2005.

(visit the link for the full news article)


Related News Links:
politiken.dk

Related threads on the 'Prophet Cartoons'
Danish Muslims in cartoon protest

Denmark On Muhammeds Naughty List

NEWS: Cartoon protests turn deadly

Omar Bakri: Mohammed cartoonist to be executed


[edit on 2/6/2008 by khunmoon]




posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 03:39 AM
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The story broke less than an hour ago.

Danish media reports 8 dead.

A suicide bomber caused serious damage to the structure of the embassy, Danish media reports.

Story still evolving.

news.bbc.co.uk
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 04:05 AM
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Thank you for the heads up. I must say I feel really bad for the people if Pakistan. The violence caused by these religious extremists will undoubtedly make many a Pakistani's life miserable. My heart goes out to the families who have lost loved ones.



posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 04:07 AM
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Latest update from BBC.




At least eight people have been killed in a car bomb attack near the Danish embassy in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, according to reports.

More than a dozen people were wounded in the midday blast (0600 GMT).




posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 04:09 AM
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reply to post by Animal
 


I understand you.

The irony is no Danish people has been reported among the killed.



posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 04:13 AM
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Pakistan is paying the highest price for war on terror... these frigging terrorists kill fellow citizens for no reasons



posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 04:21 AM
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yes it is a huge shame. i have had the pleasure of making a good friend from western india. he has been teaching me a lot about the affairs of this region. in particular he has talked about he violence in pakistan and the horror it creates for the many who are the victims of this violence. it really is nothing more than a horror story.



posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 05:00 AM
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Hmm Pakistan is actively negotiating with the terrorists in the Northern Regions at the moment. The Pakistani Taliban have struck a deal recently to put down weapons for Sharia Law implemented in their lands and make it easier for them sending recruits across the border to deal with infidels.

Coming back to the topic. Most Pakistanis will be happy about this bombing because the Danes dared disrespect their Prophet.



posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 05:04 AM
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If Denmark wasn't constantly interfering in the Middle East and supporting Israel, these kind of things wouldn't happen. Oh, wait. It was a cartoon. I remember now...



posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 05:09 AM
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'Just when you thought its was safe to go back in the water'

The memory of an elephant, they never forget. (fallacy, I know)

Typical terrorism at its 'best'. Strike when no one expects it and hit the target of the same.

By the look of the picture, it must have been a pile of explosives.



posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 05:49 AM
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A huge car bomb..





A building adjacent to the Danish Embassy is destroyed by a bomb explosion in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, June 2, 2008. A huge car bomb exploded outside the embassy in the Pakistani capital on Monday, killing at least four people and wounding dozens more, officials and witnesses said. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)



posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 06:10 AM
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Now CNN has the story.

Suicide bomber targets Danish embassy in Pakistan

The blast, heard more than two miles away, sheared off the embassy's front wall and kicked in its metal front gate. The impact blew out the building's windows and also damaged the offices of a nonprofit organization. The Danish and the EU flag, knocked off their staff, hung limply from a spot on the embassy balcony.

The embassy is in a diplomatic enclave that houses several other foreign offices.

Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir told reporters at the scene that police are beefing up security at embassies and foreign missions throughout the city.


This is a tradgedy. As some of you has already said, more to the Pakistani people than to Denmark.

Being Danish myself I can only add that this is a result of the decission "in the name of free speech" to reprint the cartoons amonth ago.

Of cause it is initially the total stupid and irresponsible idea of Flemming Rosen to have Danish cartoonist to depict the prophet Muhammed.

Please flag this story it is important, as I'm afraid it is the start of a new epoch of Denmarks 'peaceful' relations with the world, the Muslim one in particular.



posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 07:19 AM
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Here is Al Jazeera's take on the attack. The try to bring an analyze.


Ahmed Qureshi, a political analyst, told Al Jazeera that the timing was very strange if it was an attack in response to the publication of the cartoons.

"The timing is very strange... It is not an issue right now, it's over. No one, not even in the tribal areas, is talking about the cartoons," he said.

Sheikh Abdul Wahed Pedersen, Imam of Danish speaking Muslims, agreed.

"The timing is indeed strange ... It is not a hot topic here [in Demark], it is not a hot topic anywhere else," he said.

"It could also be a direct attack on the political situation in Pakistan - a double-hit... It could also be in relation to Afghanistan, Denmark is working in Afghanistan."

The country has about 550 troops stationed in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province.


It is a good question why the attack happens now.



posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 01:13 PM
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Originally posted by Attari

Coming back to the topic. Most Pakistanis will be happy about this bombing because the Danes dared disrespect their Prophet.


ONLY Pakistanis have been killed and injured. NO DANES.

Why should 'most Pakistanis...be happy' about that? Are you saying people in Pakistan are some weird masochistic perverts, or what?

I've visited Pakistan more than once, and can't see why the people in Islamabad would be 'happy' about their relatives and friends being blown up and disfigured.

But maybe you know better than me.



posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 07:33 PM
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UPDATE

This morning most international media reports the deathtoll to be at 6. Danish media reports one Danish citizen of Pakistani descent to be among the victims. No matter ethnic, gender or age --a child is reported killed too-- they are victims of madmen's action.

In this particular case of Denmark being targeted, the cause of event leading to the blast starts two places. First and foremost in the head of cultural editor of rightwing newspaper Jyllandsposten, Flemming Rose, who concieved the idea of letting Danish cartoonist depict the prophet Muhammed (how stupid can some people be).

A few words about Mr Rose. In the 80s he was deployed as a journalist for his paper in Russia covering the Chechnian war. He married a Russian woman and rumours started circling about his connections to KGB. After the fall of Soviet they persist, now that he is on the payroll of FSB. If true they put a complete new spin on all of the cartoon row.

The other places the event started was by the wannabe neocon-prospect-rightwing government of Mr Rasmussen mindlessly joining the illegal coalition of the whimps of the willing. He is at best a war criminal --unfortunately still in charge of the country-- that should be indicted alongside with Bush and Blair, should that day ever come.

These two men, Mr Rose and Mr Rasmussen are the true criminals of the blast.

The wishy-washy somehow left, somehow liberal newspaper of Politiken have started to report this event in English; yes, the world's eyes are on Denmark now, but will the true story ever be told?

The editor in charge, Tøger Seidenfaden, have the following OP/ED in Politiken this morning:


The suicide bomber attack against our embassy in Islamabad is the first of its kind against a small and peaceful Scandinavian society like ours. We can all share the immediate reaction of our political leaders, who condemn this attack of wanton violence against innocent people. Nothing can justify it, we rightly say.

But it has nevertheless happened.

The comparison with the United States or Israel was actually made immediately after the attack by a prominent member of the Danish People´s Party here in Copenhagen, who suggested that the government should deploy special forces abroad to prevent future attacks.

The comparison is of course exaggerated: We have not been at war with our neighbours for a long time, we do not defend ourselves by occupying Palestine, and we are not a global superpower with the enemies and responsibilities that entails. The comparison is exaggerated, but not groundless. We were part of the invasion of Iraq, we have fighting troops in Afghanistan, we were at the centre of the cartoon affair in 2006 and again earlier this year, and the government recently banned religious headscarves in our courts after an islamophobic campaign by its parliamentary partner, the Danish Peoples Party.


Yes, it is the fascist whore of that party who have done the polarization that has lead us here, now having to fear being blown to smithereens anywhere, even in it once so peaceful and safe Denmark. Bastard!

"Whatever you put out is bound to come back on you"

[edit on 2/6/2008 by khunmoon]



posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 07:51 PM
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these whabis dont care about muslims
heck the morons dont even follow the Quran properly., they claim to be fighting for Islam and muslims.

but.
they disregard the rules of war by killing innocent people.
causing damage to none military things. destroying food.

these are nothing more then thugs and criminals who deserve everything they get coming to them.

gives me chills when i hear them selves call them selves Muslim



posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 08:02 PM
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True, Bodrul.. very true..

But you don't tease a mad dog --unless you want to be bitten-- and that is what these DANISH wannabe neocons have done.

..purposely????





posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 08:49 PM
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Here is the reference to Mr Rose' FSB connections.

Axis News: Eurasian Secret Services Daily Review


13.03.2006

The Russian secret services provoked the "caricature scandal"

The Russian secret services provoked the "caricature scandal", Chechen Press said, quoting a former colonel of FSB of Russia Alexander Litvinenko who nowadays lives in England as the political refugee. According to him the editor of the culture department of Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, Flemming Rose, who was the initiator of the publication of blasphemous caricatures of Muhammad has secretly left Denmark and gone to Russia where he worked previously as a correspondent for Jyllands-Posten and where he has relatives. Litvinenko said that Flemming Rose is closely connected to the Russian special services. The Danish journalist is married to the daughter of the general of KGB (FSB), that, in Litvinenko's opinion, unequivocally bears witness that Rose has earned the full trust of Russian special services and that Rose has for a long time been s the secret agent of KGB - FSB.

[snip]

It is safe to say that Flemming Rose, who repeatedly visited the Chechen Republic even though is was a "prohibited area" for all western journalists, would not have be able to do so if the FSB of Russia was not fully convinced of his loyalty to the Kremlin.


Originally from this post by Hellmutt



posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 09:52 PM
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Notice the source to that article. It's Alexander Litvinenko, 7½ months before he got poisoned with Polonium. Btw, Litvinenko converted to Islam on his death bed. If his allegations against Flemming Rose is true, it's... Wow!



posted on Jun, 2 2008 @ 11:34 PM
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Found the words of retired KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin about Flemming Rose, on a website endorsed by a historian, makes it look reliable to me.

Active Measures
The Russian Art of Disinformation

By Thomas Boghardt—Historian
International Spy Museum, Washington, D.C.


Contemporary active measures are not confined to Russian soil. In fact, the recent controversy over cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad may well have been choreographed by the SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence service. The evidence is circumstantial but compelling. For one, Kalugin says, the KGB has a history of using Danish journalists to plant disinformation in the Western press. And Flemming Rose, the Jyllands Posten cultural editor who commissioned the cartoons in 2005, happened to serve for several years as a correspondent in Moscow where, Kalugin observes, he published a spate of obviously government-sponsored, anti-Chechen articles. According to Litvinenko and journalist Adlan Beno, Rose also happens to be married to the daughter of an ex-KGB officer. This does not per se make Rose a Russian agent, of course, but Russian intelligence may well have availed itself of this “in-house” connection to influence the Danish journalist. “This guy may have been used,” Kalugin says. As the cartoon controversy spread across the globe, scores of brand new Danish flags turned up mysteriously all over the Middle East just in time to be set ablaze by enraged demonstrators at internationally televised protests. Predictably, Muslim anger quickly turned toward the West at large. “Some obscure Danish newspaper [prints these cartoons], and all the sudden across the Western world, everybody knows what’s it all about. Who organized it? Who ignited the process?” asks Kalugin, identifying a top suspect himself: The SVR.


Pretty convincing, I would say.



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