Dec. 7 - Afghan President Hamid Karzai blames a Pakistan-based group for bomb attacks in three Afghan cities that killed at least 59 people. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai visits a hospital Wednesday to meet with some of the victims of a series of deadly attacks across Afghanistan. On Tuesday at least 55 people were killed and 160 wounded, following attacks in three Afghan cities. A Pakistan-based militant group is taking credit for the attacks. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, saying (Dari): "Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, who are active in Pakistan, has taken the responsibility for this anti-human and anti-Islam action. We will investigate this and will talk to the Pakistani government about this." The attacks targeted Shi'ite Muslims, a minority in Afghanistan, only a day after a major international conference in Germany about the future of country. Sectarian attacks in Afghanistan have been rare. Now citizens face the grim prospect of a new type of bloodshed being added to the dangers of daily life in a country at war. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters.