Bomb Blast in Jalalabad, 9 killed, 92 wounded
The following photos are by a RAWA reporter in the city who was a witness of
the terrible blast
On April 8, 2002, when Interim government Defense Minister Mohammad Fahim
was visiting Jalalabad, a powerful bomb explosion took place in the city
center; 9 were killed and 92 others were wounded. With the
exception of 2 wounded Northern Alliance gunmen, all other victims
were innocent people, many of them students.
It is said that this was an assassination attempt on the minister by a group
of the Northern Alliance who oppose Fahim. Thus again our defenseless people
fall victim to the inter-fundamentalists oppositions.
For Fahim's visit, the security officials forcibly closed all shops, schools
and other institutions, and asked people to line up on the sides of the road
to welcome him. The bomb exploded in a crowded square called Talashi Chowk
causing the very high number of casualties. Fahim was not hurt in the blast
and he left the city in a flash after the incident.
RAWA photos, April 8, 2002