April 19th, 2010
11:46 AM ET

Official: Donkey cart explodes at police post, killing 3 children

[Updated, 4:26 p.m.] Officials now say at least three people were killed in the blast. Four others were wounded, officials said.

Zalmai Ayoubi, spokesman for the Kandahar government, said three children were killed by the blast, and two police and two civilians were slightly wounded.

A spokesman for the Taliban, which claimed responsibility for the bombing, said 11 people were killed in the explosion. 

"Today's donkey cart bomb explosion was on foreign forces, which killed 11 foreigners and four were injured," Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said. 

Ahmadi said the bombing was in response to the planned U.S.-led offensive to oust Taliban fighters from the volatile Kandahar region this summer. 

"Our message in this is to tell them we are present here and now we are showing our power, too," Ahmadi said. 

[Published, 11:46 a.m.] 

A donkey covered with explosives and carrying a remote control detonator blew up at a police post Monday in the city of Kandahar, killing a boy and wounding four other people, officials said.

Zalmai Ayoubi, spokesman for the Kandahar government, said a young boy was killed by the blast and two police and two civilians were slightly injured.

The attack took place at the Fazladding Agha escort post of the Afghan National Police in Kandahar, said Mohammad Shah Khan, assistant police chief.

soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. Jen

    How do we know WHO pushed the button? Remote control. Hmm? WHOever did it is the saddest sack and will be judged for it accordingly. They will be looking over their shoulder for the rest of their (short) and pathetic lives. And they may have just visited a likely future upon their own children and families in retaliation. And the cycle goes on and on and on...

    April 22, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Randy

    You cannot fight, kill or destroy an ideology with violence.

    The endless reign of meaningless chaos continues.

    “If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in the struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

    April 22, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Butch

    Let get congress to allocate a quick 3 Billion to educate all the Donkeys to stay away from explosives! These sick people don't care about children or life they only want to kill! in the name of their God! How sad! But we can fix that, after all were the nation who approves of taking a baby out of his mothers womb! God have mercy on all of us!

    April 22, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. S. Ann

    How sick.

    A poor animal had to be in the middle of all of this human conflict.

    May The Real God of the Universe strike them all down.

    April 22, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gladys

    The Taliban are very sick/psychotic people who have no respect for any life human and animals. I hate to tell them but they will all be going to straight to H****.
    They waste more time thinking and wondering about everyone else except themselves.
    Too bad all that sick energy couldn't be used for more positive issues.

    They are just sick and psychotic people who have lost all respect and have made fools of themselves in front of the entire world. \

    No likes an unhappy camper.

    April 22, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rick

    If there showing their power why don't they face us on the field? There just cowards!

    April 21, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dan Lafayette,IN

    Now is the time for the ISAF and the ANA to surround Kandahar and move in so that any Taliban or foreign fighters trying to flee will be killed by the forces surrounding Kandahar! These people, if we can call them that, only deserve death and God's judgment! We should not take any prisoners because of the atrocities they have committed or are willing to commit!

    April 21, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. sandra

    Poor donkey and childrens!

    April 20, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fleetfox

    Keep your religion out of my politics.

    April 20, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jah Help Us

    May God Help Us All. Does life have no meaning to these people? Are they willing to continue this senseless killling to secure a so called 'Place in Heaven' for themselves? How selfish of them. The Bible clearly states that there are six things Jehovah hates and seven things detestable to him. lofty eyes, a false tongue, and hands that are shedding innocent blood, a heart fabricating hurtful schemes, feet that are in a hurry to run to badness, a false witness that launches forth lies, and anyone sending forth contentions among brothers. I believe they have covered every one of these things so there is no doubt in my mind that 'Heaven.' is not their destination.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jackson

    Vietnam a thriving nation??? Swamper, what color is your kool-aid? The North Viets killed all who opposed them after we pulled out. Millions were killed in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. They 'thrive' because no one is left who opposed their ideology, or if they do, they won't say so for fear of death. That is not thriving, that's control, plain and simple. That kind of thinking is what lead to the rise of the Nazi party in the 30's. Kill all who oppose you and sure, the rest will 'thrive'.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jackson

    unfortunately, this happens more than is ever reported..Saddam Hussien did the same with herds of camels during both Iraq wars...evil minds have no conscience and will use whatever means necessary to carry out their perverted ideology. It's why we cannot give up the fight, these people have to be eliminated at all costs.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fleetfox

    "The Islamic State is not permitted to attack non-Muslims who are not hostile to Islam, who do not oppress Muslims, or try to convert Muslims by force from their religion, or expel them from their lands, or wage war against them, or prepare for attacks against them. If any of these offenses occurs, however, Muslims are permitted to defend themselves and protect their religion." According to the Qu'ran

    April 20, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ken

    Everyday, often many times each day, we are reminded that truth is much stranger than fiction... God help us!!!

    April 20, 2010 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. swampthing wisconsin

    for all the people concerned about the donkey, remember.....many of the human suidcide bombers are youth, women, or mentall infirm individuals. there should be no shock that they brutally kill animals as well as children. no matter ones political views, the u.s. should get out and let afghanistan and iraqu find their own balance. we pulled out of vietnam and vietnam is now a thriving, developing nation. peace to all

    April 20, 2010 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
  16. Scott

    I too am saddened by the murder of children but would like to point out that US armed forces have committed their share of pedicide. Shock and Awe, B-52's, White Phosphor and Depleted Uranium have killed plenty of children.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  17. commonsense

    What is the resistance to noting the donkey among the casualties? Not to include the donkey is both a factual distortion and also a moral trespass. This is bad journalism and also a bad ethics call: al lives matter which all life matters – not just the lives CNN deems to matter. Shame on you, CNN.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  18. ds

    Qur’an 9:29—Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the Religion of Truth, from among the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

    Islam is not a religion of peace.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  19. patriot

    It took 60 post before somebody finally blamed President Bush. That's got to be a record.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  20. Mike P

    One day very soon now the outer intelligences will get sick of watching this garbage, and will very deservedly VAPORIZE this little blue ball of crap.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  21. jude

    what about the donkey, poor little thing was clueless

    April 20, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  22. jude

    i want to know about the donkey, after all, he was pulling the cart and had no clue at all
    did the donkey live or die?

    April 20, 2010 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  23. li

    yeah , it is really terrible news for all over the world .attack can not always hurt those innocent people.

    April 20, 2010 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  24. Susan

    There is no mention of the donkey because the children are so much more important. Yes, the donkey is also God's creature but to give it's death almost equal standing as the deaths of children is ridiculous. Those of you who asked about the donkey clearly have distorted sense of the value of life.

    April 20, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  25. Corvus1

    Killing kids AND animals now. Sad. God rest their souls.

    April 20, 2010 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  26. Mike

    Taliban kills more Muslims than anyone.

    April 19, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Dutch

    I belong to the Donkey Sanctuary which has satellite sanctuaries in many countries. It's not funny, you guys! No, they wouldn't use one of their cowardly selves but sent an animal to blow up and kill people. Stupid idiots. Is this how Allah is? I think these people twist Islam to their own ideas.

    April 19, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Hucedo 31

    Don't we kill deers with the sole (and other innocuous) purpose of mounting their pleading heads on the walls of our own "Temples" of trophies and worship.?

    April 19, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Rich D

    I agree with Gary G. Where is the Muslim outrge at these crimes against innocent children, women and animals? Where is the "religion of peace". No one will believe Islam is a reliogion of peace until there is widespread visible and serious outrage among muslims of the world. They must feel pretty impotent to act in this manner. It's a sad day when the only "strength" you can show comes in the form of atrocities like this. Shame shame shame. Wake up Muslims, your religion has been taken over by SATAN and the SONS of STATAN. No one is fooled by their false rationalizations about why they do the things they do. It is sickening. These men are sociopathic murderers. Their father in Hell must be well pleased with them! God willing, Satan will claim them soon.

    April 19, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Steve

    I completely agree with a comment by CJ Smith (number 48 I think). Where is all the outrage when the Taliban do stuff like this? The media and ignorant anti-American fools have no problem bashing our troops who might accidentally kill civilians in operations... yet the majority of civilian deaths are caused by the Taliban and nobody seems to care? WHERE"S YOUR OUTRAGE?

    April 19, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  31. AD007

    Now u may understand Afghanis living standards , no car , no buses , only donkey cart for traveling. In this poor country,Where there is no job, no hopes of their future then definitely they become terrors.Instead of spending Trillion of dollars on soldiers of US and NATO forces foods and entertainment in Afghanistan. why don't they only spend million of dollar on this poor economy survival.

    April 19, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Cheri'-Louise

    No one stated it better than Yousuf, and my thanks go out to you. The seriousness, the depth of that statement [curse] proclaimed over such evilly led people gave a deep satisfaction to my soul and brought a certain amount of closure to this impossible situation. I will remember this when I read, see or hear of their evil works. Gods' justice will reign in the end! May His will be done.

    April 19, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Prayer Warrior

    When will these "civil minded, so called "caring politicians" we have in Washington get it?

    I'm a peaceful man, who does not believe in violence. My next comment might sound hypocritical -Yes, I'm a peace loving man who Believes in Justice and in "An Almighty Loving God"

    Hence: Send as many troops over there and clean the "human rats" who are running with their tails on fire, and killing innocent people?

    Oh God, when will it all end.
    My heart goes out to the children and the innocent, and yes, even to the donkey – a creature and creation of God***

    Prarer Warrior – Miami

    April 19, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Sanin

    I would say the next thing they would use is a DOG or CAT...Just point of information..

    April 19, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Justin

    Using kart IEDs isn't new. It's not because they ran out of vehicles to use or because they're too scared to strap on a suicide vest, it's because it's unexpected. The Taliban are not trying to fight honorably or to win the hearts and minds of their people. They're terrorists. They lead by fear. They want to cause as much destruction as possible. They try to influence the local population by pressuring them through violence.

    And why are so many people concerned about welfare of the donkey? In the spectrum of the situation I hardly believe it holds any relevance. What about all of the Afghan translators who are killed for working with coalition forces? What about all the families that are killed for one of them standing up against the Taliban? None of you are demanding more stories on the deaths of innocent fellow humans. There are heinous things happening in that country, but the media won't publish them any more because they don't want to lower the morale of the US population. Truth.

    April 19, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Kelvin

    Why a donkey!? I like donkeys and the donkey had to be a suicide bomber.That's sad!They could of got a goat or something.How did they activate the bomb when it's on the donkey?Did the donkey just press it?

    April 19, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  37. girl withabrain

    Again you kill a Donkey these animals are here for you to take care of!!!!

    Again your despised by the elements your so despised that your heart knows of nothing else to do but hurt.....

    April 19, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Raul

    It was Pablo Escobar who first came up with the idea of strapping explosives to a donkey.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  39. sebas

    the only thing they can gain is bad media attention, probably what they want. Terrorism is the same anywhere, work by terror. a little boy is a littl boy, my country does think that it is the world's police, i get it, but a boy is someones baby, might even be yours under different cicumstances (this being said to the bombers)

    April 19, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  40. cowards

    these Talibans are the most cowards of all forces, they kill their own women and children even their own animals.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  41. girl withabrain

    Is anyone tired of the men in the middle east...MEEEEEE MEEEE MEEEE! Yawn they are so boring and stupid!

    April 19, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  42. girl withabrain

    If they will hurt animals they will hurt human beings it's TEXTBOOK psychology, can't they see that they are crazy.....?????????????? Nope I guess not since they have two brain cells to rub together....

    Such idiots blowing up people of their own decent...JUVENILE spoiled little babies....

    April 19, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  43. girl withabrain

    Oh your such a man blowing up children you are an idiot with a heart of no compassion. You are a little man with no nobility.

    Anyone that kills or kills children has no nobility all all elements of the earth and celestial DESPISE YOU!

    COWARDS blow up carts, and people and things...little boys that like to see things go boom. You are a person with less than an infants mind. You have no love in you heart...you don't even know what your true purpose is you are warped and all you do has no point....

    Little men do such hard to others....with little brains....and probably little everything!

    April 19, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Rob

    Oh, the poor donkey!

    April 19, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Jeff K

    It is not absurd that we care about the donkey! Nobody said to heck with the people, what about the donkey!

    April 19, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  46. newsboy

    Right after Roe v. Wade, there were over 600,000 abortions. Since then and thrpugh 2005 America has aborted nearly 50,000,000 babies. If that many innocents were Iraq war victims what do you think would be the consequence. There wouldn't be enough newsprint and ink to report the outrage. So were's the outrage against killing all these babies? It's going to save the wales, save the forests, save the coral reefs... save the donkeys!

    April 19, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  47. aidensmama

    this is sickening..it makes me not want to let my son pet the neighborhood puppies when he's out playing. god only knows what kind of creature blows up a defenseless animal and precious children...

    April 19, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Lone wolf

    Wake Up People.WWIII is coming, unless we all join together to get rid off the RATS and the VERMIN that call themselves "WARRIORS OF JIHAD". We must become brothers and sisters of ONE PEACE with the help of GOD himself , no matter what God or faith you believe in.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Tim

    Here's what I don't get.

    1. We killed the AQI and ISI leaders in Iraq today... kind of a big deal and one of the many good news stories coming out of Iraq that you don't really hear much about now that the media is chasing blood in Afghanistan.

    2. The Taliban detonated a DBIED (Donkey-Borne Improved Explosive Device) that killed some civilians in Kandahar. While their deaths are tragic (to include the donkey), this is not a new tactic and this is not big news.

    So, what story does CNN.com lead with? The DBIED in Afghanistan!


    Seriously, why does the killing of the AQI leader and ISI leader in Iraq not warrant big news by CNN? Anyone from CNN, feel free to reply.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Linn

    I love animals too but come on people. CHILDREN were killed. Ask about them, not the donkey.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Alex

    srsly pppl its nt funny tlkn bout te donkey this s serius ppl died

    April 19, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Irene

    It is not a fair fight. Killing animals and children is cowardly!

    April 19, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Dan

    Why don't the Taliban come out and fight like men?

    April 19, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  54. John

    Was the donkey okay?

    April 19, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
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