German Suicide Bomber Kills US Soldiers

Cuneyt C. gave up his job last spring in Germany and traveled to Afghanistan through Turkey and Iran. On March 3, 2008, he exploded a suicide car bomb at a US post in eastern Afghanistan. Two US soldiers and two Afghan workers were killed in the blast.

Cuneyt C., or Saad Ebu Furkan, was 28 when he exploded himself killing two American soldiers and two Afghans. He was married and had two children. (Spiegel)

A Bavarian of Turkish origin became the first suicide bomber from Germany in Afghanistan.
Spiegel Online reported:

The Islamic Jihad Union claims 28-year-old Cüneyt C. from Bavaria was responsible for the March 3 attack, now the German authorities are desperately trying to find out the bomber’s identity.

His last mission began at exactly 4.04 p.m. on March 3. The driver pulled up his blue Toyota Dyna truck in front of the Sabari district center in the eastern Afghan province of Khost. The motor was still running when he hit the detonator. The force of the blast shook the earth and caused the guard post to collapse, trapping dozens of US soldiers under the rumble. The explosion was so forceful that eye witnesses assumed there had been a rocket attack on the building that the US army had built just two months previously.

Chaos followed the explosion. Fighters armed with AK47s lunged at the US soldiers at the entrance hoping to storm the building, but the soldiers were able to defend themselves. Hours after the attack doctors and soldiers, who had been deafened by the blast, were digging in the rubble, while helicopters flew the injured away. Two US soldiers were pulled out dead, dozen others were seriously injured. It was the worst attack on the ISAF forces this year in Afghanistan, just one hour away from the Pakistan border.

…It is likely that the perpetrator was a Turkish citizen from Bavaria, born in Freising and regarded as a dangerous Islamist. If it was him, it would be nightmare for the investigators — the first suicide bomber from Germany…

Cüneyt C., a 28-year-old German-born Turk, is known to be an Islamist and to have had links with the so-called “Sauerland Cell” led by Fritz Gelowicz and Adem Yilmaz. He had been regarded as dangerous since their arrest last year on suspicion of planning a terror attack (more…) in Germany. “Ismail from Ansbach,” as C. was called by his friends had already left Germany by then. He left Ansbach with his wife and two children on April 2, giving up his apartment, quitting his job and even going to the local registration office to inform them he was leaving the area.

More at Spiegel Online.

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