Third “Turban Bomber” Strikes in Southern Afghanistan

The Muhammad cartoon comes to life.

In the last five weeks Islamists have hid bombs in their turbans twice in their attacks…
Make that three times.

For the third time this summer a Taliban suicide bomber blew up himself in an Afghan government center. Three policemen were wounded in the attack.

The Long War Journal
reported:

For the third time this summer, a Taliban suicide bomber with an explosive device hidden within his traditional Afghan headdress detonated at an Afghan government center. The Friday attack occurred during a ceremony marking Afghanistan’s Independence Day held at the Helmand Military Corps Center. Three Afghan National Policemen were wounded in the attack.

The Taliban-led insurgency is increasingly relying upon formerly-taboo tactics such as female suicide bombers and bombs rigged to traditional Afghan headdresses, called lungee, referred to by the West as “turbans.” These tactics have raised the ire of many Afghan communities, particularly among those in Kandahar and Helmand. Afghan lungee are not searched at security checkpoints because of the acute level of cultural sensitivity regarding headdresses. The Taliban have exploited this dynamic and conducted at least three such “turban-bombings” since July 14.

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