The Straits Times
Published on Sep 19, 2012

US condemns Kabul bombing, fears 'contagion'


WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States (US) on Tuesday condemned a suicide bombing in Kabul which killed 12 people, most of them South Africans, and voiced fears anti-US anger was spreading to target other nations.

"We condemn the attack that took place in Kabul. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and the loved ones," State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland said, confirming no US citizens were involved.

Security officials said nine foreigners - eight from South Africa - were among those killed on a major highway leading to Kabul airport when the bomber blew her station wagon up alongside a minivan carrying foreign workers.

The bombing brings to more than 30 the number of people whose killings have been linked to the backlash over a trailer for the film Innocence of Muslims, produced by a small group of US-based extremist Christians.