March 17th, 2010
08:12 AM ET

Attackers, dressed as women, killed by police

KABUL, Afghanistan - Two would-be suicide attackers, dressed as women, stormed a relief agency in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday and were killed by police before they could detonate their explosives.

The attempted attack occurred at an office of the International Relief and Development in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, the Interior Ministry said.

The attackers entered the building, started shooting at security guards and were fatally shot. They were wearing burqas - Islamic clothing that covers women from head to toe.

One member of the relief agency was injured, said Dawoud Ahmadi, a spokesman for Helmand province's governor.

 - Journalist Mati Matiullah contributed to this report.


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    sweet site, i hadn't noticed afghanistan.blogs.cnn.com before in my searches!
    keep up the great work!

    November 14, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. I am a rocker of a rock unknown. Who am I?

    I belive in world peace and love of all. these crimes are not from the emothons but from the ROCK GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 24, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. God''s Voice

    There are criminal mass murderers and serial killers in every society. Turning a blind eye to this truism leads to a society's dimise.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Johan Mickey

    They should have used a drone to hit their target, kill countless civilians and call it 'collaterlal damage', then issue a press release stating how they are working hard to reduce the tens of thousands of civilians they kill....wait, I think I just stated the NATO methodology.

    March 23, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. god

    all yall are idiots!!!!!! these terrorists deserve death at the hands of those they terrorize. and americans deserve some decent education and truth!!!

    March 23, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Alec

    Ban Burqas? What happened to freedom? Why don't we just give everyone a government issued uniform?

    Your solution too oppression is too further oppress?

    Why don't we just pull out of Afganistan? I'm pretty sure the Western alliance has killed more citizens with weapons in Afganistan and Iraq than terrorists in both countries have with explosives.

    Biased eyes.

    March 23, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. cristal

    they were disorganized and didnt plan out what they were going to do. they tried but instead ended up dead for their unexpected stupid attack.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LMAO

    If they didn't disguise themselves as women they would have been shot WAY before they entered the building. Thats why they dressed like that. Terrorist are cowards to us and hero's in their own minds, I don't think we will ever totally stop terrorism.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. daman

    Having spent some time in Kabul and the surrounding countryside recently, you would be surprised how many young and older women do not wear the burka. Most women wear head scarfs to show fealty to their religon. Out in the countryide, especially in the small villages, the burka is more prevalent. Ironically, these idiots probably drew more attention wearing the burkas in Kabul although it hid their identity.

    March 21, 2010 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. Michael

    burqas, disguised woman, relief agency, entering the building, NO explosion, 2 attackers, no casualties, victory? Does ANYONE still DOUBT the news? So much wrong so it could be a set up victory then? Why did they shoot first when they were already in the bulding insead of PUSHING THE BUTTON? (till now the terrorists had some okay propaganda without discrediting themselfs so much) . think .

    March 21, 2010 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. xysyxyx

    The title of this news should be more specific – I initially thought it was incident of some kinds of cross dressing drag queen being shot by police here before I click the link

    CNN should have added "Kabul" in the title.

    March 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Michael

    Good they got them before they hurt anyone. they think being martyrs they go strait to heaven but instead they going straight to hell

    March 20, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RT

    Why cannot we just let them be at peace with their selves in their own countries?

    If they come to us for assistance then unilateral negotiation we can; otherwise, why should we force our own way of thinking to these people – much more to give them lots of financial packages only for them to nuke us afterwards?

    We can only of course implement the proposition if there's nobody in the gray shade; B or W, that is all.

    THANKS

    March 20, 2010 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tommy Tan

    I think burqas should be banned not only in the Western world but all over the Muslim countries.Where in the Koran that says women must wear all these.Semi illiterate mullahs,un-educated preachers misintrepreting the Koran informing misguided Muslims and they believe them.No wonder these people can smuggle in bombs easily.We are living in this violent world and it shouldn't be that way.Wake up those fanatics, no jihad, no suicide bombers ok and lives in peace.Read the Bible and gain understanding from there.

    March 19, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JayATL

    cudos to the police officers.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  16. passerby

    god forgive us all

    March 19, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  17. dev null

    TerryMKC, that happens here too. Not a good argument, leave the burqa alone. Consider it elongated maternity wear if you must, but that argument is asinine.

    Regarding treating people like currency, it's not legal over there just as it isn't legal over here. It happens over there, just as it happens over here.

    For others if you don't know enough about Islam to understand it, don't run with your own thoughts. You'll just show yourselves to be wrong and ignorant.

    What you're upset against are extremists, know where to place your anger and control it. You can have extremists everywhere and calm down before you find that you yourself are one.

    If you want to be really passionate or heated about justice, remember that word, "justice". It's not the same as vengeance.

    March 19, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Scott

    Vince.....asking an Islamic fundamentalist not to wear a burka is like asking a Christian not to wear the cross. Not gonna happen. It's part of their religion.

    March 18, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  19. TerryMKC

    ...Yeah right ban burqa, so the women there can be treated like meat like western women....??? Yeah like selling off your teenage daughters to settle debts and disputes isn't already treating your women like pieces of meat? And if that daughter disgraces the buyer by trying to refute the deal, she is cut up like a piece of meat.

    March 18, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  20. currystan@yahoo.com

    Someone said that it is a wise man who knows that it is better not to speak in ignorance, than to open ones mouth and let it be proven.

    If you are not familiar with Islam, then don't offer forth an opinion on how it should be lived or practiced. I'm sure that you would not want someone offering to tell you how you should practice your religion.

    Those who would be bomers are not living in the spirit of Islam and have been taught the meaning of the Koran by people who would take advantage of their ignorance. Mush like those who are taught to hate people because of race, religion, or ethnict back ground.

    What was that saying......." Stupid is, as Stupid does ".

    ...A life traveler............

    March 18, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  21. loveth u

    it shows how weak these extremists could be.why disguise in weakness(,as thy call women) to act wickedly?thank God for the intervention of the police

    March 18, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  22. Nitin

    People who are not muslims keep wanting to ban the burqa to help uplift the exploited muslim women and are usually should not comment on another mans religious beliefs. However, this would be more effective if the muslim women themselves realised the absurdity of this in the 21st centruy and stood up against this oppression in all the islamic nations.

    March 18, 2010 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  23. leviathan

    Burqas are not Islamic clothing. In fact they are ban in the Qur'an.
    They should ban burquas in the Islamic countries!!

    March 18, 2010 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  24. karld.

    Maybe they should have less troops and more of the new x-ray scanners that they are now putting in airports so they can see who is who!

    March 18, 2010 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
  25. Jester

    Losers!

    March 18, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  26. Xugos

    Burqas are not a part of Islam, they are a cultural thing always confused and mixed up with Islam.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  27. lance

    these are the same cowards that cry when a drone is used against them, and the liberals and muslems of the world hold these cowards up with such regard.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  28. bob

    Cowards! Cowards! Cowards! They deserve what they get!

    March 17, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  29. TheTruth

    I want to know why this act of cowardness isn't splashed across every newspapers front pages across the globe so all of Islam and the rest of the world can see just what this Islamic revolution is breeding, thanks to the brainwashings of younger Muslims by supposedly religious leaders that people are suppose to trust to find guidance (yeah, their idea of guidance). I'm tired of hearing every night and day on every newspaper and newscast here in the U.S. the supposed atrocities if just one civilian gets a hangnail that may or may not have been caused by American and NATO troops trying to win their freedom with their lives and from what I have concluded, these people we fight for are quite unappreciative of such sacrifices and the only reason we have to be over there is to keep them and their crazy ideology over there as well!

    March 17, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  30. David Fox

    It seems many are surprised by the tactics used by these terrorists. How soon we forget the tactics used by the Viet Cong, using women and children in the cities and the hamlets to attack the military. Or the tactics of terror beheading, disemboweling, and killing civilians in front of their families.Mopeds left in the markets or parked on the streets wired with explosives from claymore mines.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  31. C. Bruce

    When will people wake up to the fact that these extremists are not mindless beasts, driven by 'evil spirits', but more often desperate human beings who become pawns of insidious, but intelligent leaders. If we cannot treat these people as people, we will fail in any effort to understand their motivations and ultimately fail in our battle against this ideology.

    Clearly the goal here is to sow distrust and fear, prompting an overreaction to institute security measures requiring that all Muslim women wearing burqas must be physically searched or banning them outright from these types of places. The terrorists will then turn that against them, claiming it as proof that their cause is righteous, that they are fighting a jihad against oppressors of the Muslim religion and traditions. The immediate reaction of 'how cowardly to dress up like women' is both denigrating to women and failing to see the obvious plan in action because of our own smugness in our cultural and intellectual superiority.

    We westerners cannot comprehend their traditions and it is not our place to decide what is and is not acceptable clothing. When we throw away these ideals of freedom because they are inconvenient for us, then we become exactly what these fundamentalists and terrorists are trying to paint us as to the rest of the world.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Beth

    First, they cover their faces to hide their identity, use their women and children to help their cause, and now they dress as women. They have no morals or ethics and have no clue how to live in the 21st century. Terrorists have no place in this world...

    March 17, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  33. george le brocq

    hello well its about time this came to our attention this has been bothering me since this war started . i have had disscusions with freinds long befor it started about this subject . thinking that there must be a law in that country that you can not go up to a women and ask her to take off her vail to prove that she or ......is what the cloths inidicate. i am sick of watching the news and keep hearing that the poor cilvilans were hurt or killed this is not war in my eyes look at history we and the enemy have things called planes that carried weapons called bombs wish created massive destuctin and loss of life including cilvilans we could and this game so quickly . as for the women in my country wearing that kind of clothing i am totaly against it here in canada we put up with this and why i dont believe that people from other countries living here should be changing our laws and tradions this subject will realy push the feeling of a lot oif us we are not racest but this just promots it i am very much in shock that this subject was on news cast around the world. sorry i a have to leacve now thanking yuou in peace

    March 17, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  34. gary

    It takes a man with no stones to dress up in a burca and do what these two did. Great job Afgan Police! Some people in this world are just plain garbage, and it looks like the Afgan Police are doubling as Sanitation Workers as well, well done!

    March 17, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Brian from Chicago

    Kudos to the Lashkar Gah police force!

    March 17, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Todd

    I'm sure that there are many more stories of the sort than just this one. I'm glad that the media is starting to publish both sides of the story. Go Afghani police! Keep up the good work!

    March 17, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  37. AL

    If evil exists, it surely resides in the hearts and mind of the cowards dressed as women who tried to murder innocent people whos only sin was to try to help others. Islam is being hijacked by these cowards and murderers and the true believers had better speak up and take action or the world will begin to believe all the negative comments. I can't hink of a more evil pursuit than "murder for God"......

    March 17, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Kam

    How cowardly of the attackers and honestly doesn't surprise me, They are incredibly ignorant overall.
    But people please educate yourselves also. Saying "Ban the burqa" and "women are forced to wear them" shows incredible ignorance on the types of veiling and why women choose to d it. It's 2010, if you're going to speak out against something you should at least be informed about what you're speaking out against. Go to the library or Amazon, check out some books on Women and Islam then start talking. Stop with the cliichés.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Monetha

    This just proves that they are coward killers and the main stream media needs to exploit them for what they are. MASS MURDERERS who justify killing their own women and children (who they treat like dogs anyway) disquised as women. We need to get out of these countries and stop spending our hard earned tax dollars on countries that don't want peace and are draining America's resources.When a country loses a war they should move on but not the muslum countries because we let them be in limbo. They lost the war and should move on and we should move out and use our money for AMERICANS who need it the most right now.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  40. WIlliamTell

    Cowards of Allah..... Attacking in Burqas!! So manly... So warrior of God...

    Time to do an worldwide outlawing of Terrorist and Tyrants...

    Earth needs to stand up and remove these killers of humanity.

    Wake up world....

    -+- -+-

    March 17, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  41. narrator

    One place you will never see a terrorist gain access, is a nudist camp. No place to hide those guns and bombs.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Kate

    This is precisely why they can't find Bin Laden. He wears a burka when he wants to go anywhere.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  43. www.infowars.com

    Yeah right ban burqa, so the women there can be treated like meat like western women.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  44. DoubleW

    One must remember, the Taliban leaders are pragmatists. They work to spread terror with what they have, and what they have are a lot of committed fanatics who can be programmed to commit any act, however shameful, for the promise of escaping from their failed lives into "paradise." The only way to end this terror industry is to shut off the supply of failed, frustrated people who can be recruited– which would require a radical reformation of the financial and educational situations in the Middle East– or by digging out and eliminating the hidden leaders, who never willingly risk their own lives.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Paul SF

    would agree... ban the burqa...wonder if cair is reading this....or even eric holder...

    March 17, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  46. S. Sullivan

    To the individual who suggested burqas be banned: The answer to violence and contempt for freedom is not to restrict that freedom. Why bother differentiating ourselves from terrrorists if we eliminate basic rights in the name of security?(Or I fear prejudice)

    March 17, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Daniel

    good read

    March 17, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  48. AGuest9

    These tactics were used in Korea and Vietnam, as told to me by a friend's father who served in both conflicts. Good, wholesome American boys will think twice about shooting a woman, enough time to gain the initiative and fire first. To do otherwise creates a lot of collateral damage, as seen in earlier battles. But, how much longer can we stomach seeing our boys and girls come back in boxes from a fight that the Afghans should be waging themselves?

    March 17, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Danny

    the best part is they were trying to storm a Relief agency. Real classy. The more these imbeciles act liek this, the more even the most ignorant in the Arab world will come to realize that the Taliban and all these other terror groups are truly despicable

    March 17, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Andy

    Just goes to show that these extremists are not really fighting for their religious rights and way of life. If that was the case they wouldn't use tradition like that and create lies to get their job done. They are basiclly abusing their own rules to cause destruction and then expect the rest of the world to give them sympathy.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  51. JohnH

    How totally unlike zealots to find a justification for hiding behind women and children.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  52. Mitzy

    This is precisely why women are forced to wear these hideous outfits, so that men can easily disguise themselves.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  53. C. K, Justus

    That is what they get for saying how much of a man they are and then dress as women ot kill. That should make the Islamic world feel great. They treat women like slaves and then dress like them for they are not man enough to act like men.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  54. Conan

    Oh sweet irony! These "manly men", these “warriors of God” who keep women oppressed through their twisted version of Islam now dress as women to attack Coalition forces because they are too cowardly to attack as men? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Mujahidin = Epic Fail

    March 17, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  55. werner

    That's why we don't want the burqa's or niqabs in Canada.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  56. Debi

    BAN BURQAS! The burqa was designed to oppress women! In most every Arab country women are not allowed to hold key positions in govt and they are required to cover their head. Personally I feel if women are required to wear a burqa then men should be required not to speak unless asked a question.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  57. Dan Lafayette,IN

    It's good to hear that the Afghanistan police killed two suicide bombers. It shows that the police are not all bad and they could also play a role in stopping the Taliban and al Qaeda from attacking the coalition and any other institution in Afghanistan that is working to secure peace, freedom and democracy for Afghanistan. The people of Afghanistan deserve no less!

    March 17, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  58. SandySoldier

    One for the good guys! Acts of cowardice like these will eventually distance the Taliban and AlQueda from their population base. It is hard to be the good guy when you have to decide to pull the trigger on what appears to be a woman. Glad these guys took them out before they could detonate their explosives. It is nice to enjoy a victory one in a while.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  59. vince

    Ban burqas, in all western countries. Because we are living in the 21st. century.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  60. Steven

    Terrorists, dressed as women (of their own faith) attacking a relief organization. how perfect that they were killed before they killed more innocent people. When will the world wake up to the fact that these are not freedom fighters or person's of faith defending their ideologies. but just simple mass murderers bent on death and destructions mere agents of an evil spirit.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |