Cuneyt Ciftci 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.
The Taliban sent video of the suicide attack to the German news organization- Spiegel Online.
The Taliban video shows the German bomber Cuneyt Ciftci, or Saad Ebu Furkan, studying plans of the building and loading heavy bags of chemicals into the Toyota Dyna light truck he used in the suicide attack.
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Cuneyt Ciftci, a Bavarian of Turkish origin, became the first suicide bomber from Germany in Afghanistan. The Islamic Jihad Union claimed the 28-year-old Cüneyt Ciftci from Bavaria was responsible for the March 3 attack.
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.
Today Spiegel Online reported that it received the video of the massive blast in Afghanistan that killed 2 US soldiers.
The video shows the German smiling and loading the truck with explosives and then the massive blast at the Afghan district center.
… And, of course, the shouts of “Allah Akbar” in the background.
Cuneyt Ciftci, 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)
German Suicide Bomber Kills US Soldiers