May 24th, 2010
09:59 AM ET

7 arrested for suicide bombing that killed 6 NATO troops

KABUL, Afghanistan - Seven people have been arrested over a suicide bombing that killed six NATO troops in Afghanistan last week, Afghan intelligence spokesman Saeed Ansari said Monday.

Five Americans - including a colonel and two lieutenant colonels - a Canadian colonel, and at least 12 Afghan civilians were killed in the blast on May 18.

The arrests took place last week, Ansari said. He said the people arrested were working for a Taliban "shadow governor," Daoud Surkha.

The militant Islamist movement has a system of "shadow governors" assigned to order operations in Afghan provinces.

Ansari told CNN Surkha was "across the border," presumably in Pakistan.

The suicide bombing last week occurred on a busy road near a NATO-led military convoy and a registration center for the Afghan Army.

The five U.S. soldiers were Col. John M. McHugh, 46, of New Jersey; Lt. Col. Paul R. Bartz, 43, of Wisconsin; Lt. Col. Thomas P. Belkofer, 44, of Ohio; Staff Sgt. Richard J. Tieman, 28, of Pennsylvania; and Spc. Joshua A. Tomlinson, 24, of Louisiana.

Canada's Ministry of National Defence named the Canadian soldier as Col. Geoff Parker of the Royal Canadian Regiment, 42, of Oakville, Ontario.

Local medical officials said at least 12 civilians were killed and 48 injured. The British Foreign Office put the civilian death toll at 19.

Five U.S. military vehicles were destroyed along with 13 civilian cars. One of the civilian cars was a bus filled with people, a spokesman said.

Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, confirmed the operation and said the attacker was able to "destroy five foreign vehicles and damage one more."

The U.S. Embassy decried the attack, saying it demonstrates the Taliban's "callous disregard for the well-being of the Afghan people."

Profiles of the 5 U.S. troops killed

- CNN's Paula Hancocks contributed to this report.

Filed under: Kabul attacks
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. shu

    I can't wait for those responsible for these suicide bombings and IED's to stand before their maker, what I would do to see their faces when they realize they were wrong.

    June 1, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Abdul W.

    Reference public execution or display. Although the eye for an eye tactic is probably preferred by the majority, public execution will only make matters worse jeopardizing more on a global scale than one would imagine. If one can remember the chaos that erupted throughout the world of Americans being beheaded in Iraq or deceased troops being dragged through the streets of Somalia, one would be hesitant as there are 3rd and 4th order effects that come with taking that Course of Action. One effect will bring about more of a retaliatory effect amongst the insurgency which in turn will cost even more lives as the attacks will increase on coalition troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Furthermore this would place us in a terrible situation amongst the noncombatants (Afghan civilians). There is honor in death in Islam nations. To publicly make a mockery of that could assist the insurgency in recruiting additional personnel that normally would not have joined their cause for that simple reason alone. The last thing we must remember is that giving your life for the insurgency’s cause is considered an honor. Public execution will give added publicity to the extremists as it guarantees martyr status which is considered honorific for Muslims who have laid down their life fulfilling a religious commandment, or waging war for Islam. So as a military officer who is currently serving and has served in Iraq I would have to disagree with public execution as the 3rd and 4th order effects outweigh the eye for an eye tactic. In conclusion we as a nation have a responsibility to be the bigger person.

    May 26, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Onesmallvoice

    It's because I'm an idiot!

    May 25, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hamed

    As long as there are Jews (nasty dog jews) are in this world and U.S. backing them up there will be young American will lose their life. Jews are the downfall of U.S. Call your senators, representaive whoever to stop supporting Jews in Israel. The world will not see peace unless all the jews are exterminated.

    Hamed (Los Angeles)

    May 25, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna G

      Hamed – why don't you take your hate-filled self back to wherever it is you or your ancestors came from. You do not belong in this country with your hate mongering. You are really a pathetic excuse for a human being. I hope you are on law enforcement's radar. I'm quite sure you don't even know why you hate the Jewish people so much, you just follow the herd (Islam) like any other cow.

      May 25, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Onesmallvoice

        I seems to me that you too are infected with this right-wing lynch mob mentality.Yes,I blog in here because these people need to shed their hatred for Moslims and others who are different from them.

        May 26, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      @ Hamed

      Hitler... is that you?

      May 26, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      The war in Afghanistan is one of expansion by the West into the Middle East.I wasn't aware of any Jewish involvement.

      May 26, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ROY

    Latest from the war front
    • 18 US-NATO soldiers killed in Farah
    • 5 British soldiers killed and a tank eliminate in Helmand
    • A dozen polish soldiers killed or wounded and a tank blown up in Ghazni
    • Bombings in Kandahar kill 6 Afghan soldiers, destroys 3 vehicles
    • American soldiers kill non-combatant civilian, hold 9 in Helmand
    • NATO military tank blown apart in Farah
    • Canadian military tank blown up in Kandahar
    • Landmine explosion kills 4 Afghan soldiers in Kandahar
    • American/Nato Oil tanker hits IED blast in Jalalababad city
    • French forces attacked in Sarubi
    • Blast blows apart US tank in Kandahar
    • US tank destroyed in Kunar
    • US-NATO armored tanks exploded in Logar
    • Taliban kill 7 Afghan police in Zabul
    • NATO tank blown up in Zabul
    • Police post overrun in Ghazni
    • US-NATO sustain deadly losses in Marjah yet again
    • NATO tank blown up in Zabul

    May 25, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ash

      Hi Roy
      What is the web site

      June 15, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. NN

    Karzi+Karzai's team+Taliban+ISI= insurgency in Af

    May 25, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jhan

    As nn Afghan, I believe Karzai would release them after becomming sure if they r Pashtons. Karzai+Taliban+Usama= insurgency in Afghanistan

    May 25, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dan in Lafayette,IN


    May 24, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Onesmallvoice

    I see a lot people blogging in here with their usual right-wing lynch mob mentality.All this calling for blood is starting to get revolting and when are they going to learn that hate only begets more hate.But I guess that the right-wing thugs in Washington are quite pleased about it.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • watchingfreedom

      how would you handle the taliban, after they murder your famly or frends

      May 24, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      @onesmallvoice - you are quick to condemn our troops, but want everyone to give the individuals who were arrested for the suicide bombing more consideration. In effect, you want them to get the same rights that we give to our own citizens, yet you will not allow others to speak here, thus using another one of their rights, i.e. free speech.

      Why don't you put your efforts into supporting our troops, finding out what our men and women deal with every day in their efforts to make Afghanistan, and the US, a safer place. If you can't find it in your onesmallmind to do this, how about contemplating those 72 virgins. I've always wondered...are they the same 72 for everyone or is there a limitless supply? I'm certain you can figure this out using your standard logic.

      May 24, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        Lisa... I appreciate your views, but please don't try. Idiots like onesmallvoice live in their own world and will never get it. He is sitting safely in his house right now... probably just got done watching the latest Michael Moore movie... and enjoys talking about something he has no idea about. I'm sure onesmallvoice has never been within 5,000 miles of Afghanistan or Iraq. His type would be the FIRST to be outraged if one of his family members were hurt/killed in a terrorist attack, saying that the government didn't do enough to stop the terrorists.

        May 26, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    zubair how can you call the Taliban brave fighters when they hide within the population to wage war on the coalition and Afghan security force. Only cowards will hide behind women and children to fight this war! Only cowards would put on a suicide vest and blow up as many people as possible without regard to who they might kill! The Taliban and it's terrorist allies will stand in God's judgment for the ruthless killings of the Afghan people, the coalition and Afghan's security force who are only trying to make Afghanistan a country that serves the people and not some crazed ideology that believes that all infidels must convert or die! God will show no sympathy for these cowards who kill in HIS name!

    May 24, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Peter S. In TN

    Since they don't eat pork here's an idea...execute them in a confined space with a dozen or so hungry wild pigs, boars, hogs or whatever and let "porky pig" have their way with them!

    May 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Matt

    That was an inside job...for sure. I think execution in a manner that condemns the accused to NOT reach paradise. Then bury them in the manner the Kuran dictates for those who defile Islam. We have to be careful in the eye-for an-eye approach. the soviets tried that and it only fueled the opposition. we don't want to do that actually.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Thx1138reals

    so have to label this wooden building your home that u need to hold on too, but once you step outside of it.. because individuals who landed here and there 'new world order' or math you do for more of their math to do your math, is foreign naturally... separating you way more... u can use your natural math to get math in your own wooden home for instance (grabbing juice, bong, food) however once outside, you're not at your own home.. [mothership detected]... sequencing...

    just trying to get rid of that repeater, 'still need it though' with everything heh. it's this though, i just told u completely dont need it.. but ya its this and that though... person is nuts if you need their math to walk in malls and such, its all "AFTER CHRIST TIME" persecutions, just like their bible, you see killing of gods son 'dying' even though you know how humans feel about sons/daughters... and where would you get your mind from in the first place, same with their militray, math, enforcement concepts or government image. You view what you connect the dots to – displaying of murdering/creating and holding in a place that is not home, making peoples family members watch... and accept it, foreign ,same with the 'snitch' process they creted(more livee uselessly) . foreign because others get punished and do not make families watch their own family members accept it like that... all foreign energy created on earth.
    with their image the concepts lead you to believe – 'dying for you' when you naturally connect the dots to people being murdered, so .. wouldn't exist without the image that created a role , that mentality or whatever it is..You can look at it as they took naturally 'dying for you' way too far, this is why it's a
    strange one and hard to differentiate.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna G

      Put down the crack pipe, none of what you said makes any sense.

      May 25, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. me

    zubair, i sure hope your trash comment was forwarded to the US govt to track you down. Hope you enjoy being monitored for life. Keep up the good work U.S military!

    May 24, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Blutosski

    Executions would only make them martyrs and act as a rally point for more of these people to gather around. Trial yes, punishment, set them in a cell 23.75 hrs per day and pump in 1950 through 1970’s sit coms and of course Barney and Teletubbies, feed them a super high fat diet. After 25 years release (roll them out) them into the neighborhood where they killed so many innocents and see what happens.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  16. zubair

    your military might is of no use in tackling taliban who have confirmed your impotensy at all levels . taliban are braver than the invading armies and r destined to defeat american cowards everywhere . u r like britishers of 18 th century and they r like washinton whether u hang them or fire at them u will ultimately be defeated. its a graveyard of empires

    May 24, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul

      thier tactics are working for them, they know that they are going to be killed, even if they kill one person, so they are takeing out as many with them as they can, they know that by detonating themselves they can accomplish thier end and end thier own life there by denying thier enemy the satisfaction of arresting or executing them, in fact that is what they are doing to our troops is executing them, they are are being driven on in thier tactics by thier islamic beliefs and clergy are promiseing them paradise with 72 gorgeous virgins, in thier belief they are martyrs because they passed from this earth by denying thier enemy to impose justice on them,and they know that other muslim copy cats will follow them,

      May 24, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Zubair, are you will ing to strap on a vest and become a martyr for your cause? I was not aware that the Kuran allowed the murder of innocents, in fact I didn't know the Kuran condoned murder of another Muslim who is innocent under Islamic taking this inot account, are not the taliban in vilation of Islamic law? they are ordering the killing of innocent people.

      May 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • watchingfreedom

      if you don't like it [drones and all ] go back to where you belive your b.s. and get out of this great country

      May 24, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna G

      Zubair – what happens after these "martys" run through their 72 virgins? God or Allah or whatever you call him/her/it is a myth; therefore, the cowardly Taliban, who murder innocent people in their quest to get to heaven, are actually committing suicide for NOTHING

      May 25, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Jerry

    They seem to have such an affinity for those suicide vests and IEDs. I think it would be fitting to suit them all up in those vests, march them out into the desert and detonate them remotely. Let Allah sort out the pieces.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    I don't know if public execution is the right way to go but they should be tried for for 18 murders and shot by a firing squad as soon as the trial is over.

    May 24, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      Here's another shining example of that right-wing lynch mob mentality.Besides,isn't that what happened to Nathan Hale back in 1776 when the British hung him?At that time,the British thought that they were on the right side of the Revolutionary War as they fought George Washington and his Continental Army.

      May 25, 2010 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
      • Donna G

        Onesmallvoice, I think the only reason you write the crap you do is because you are pathetic and lonely and this is the only way to get attention. How about joining the armed forces, then you will really get some attention and quite possibly some real life experience. I feel sorry for you that this is the only way for you to get people to hear you.

        May 25, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Shauna R

    I agree... public execution should be the punishment here.... Saddam got it... he got what was coming to him... so should these folks. you take a life in such a heinous way... you deserve nothing but an eye for an eye .... ughhhhh this entire topic turns my stomach

    May 24, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      How do you even know that the guys are guilty?For all we know,these charges could be trumped up.

      May 24, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anonymous

        Hey Onesmallvoice, that is all you are, one small voice. You need to get your liberal but over here and take some rounds. I had two personal friends die in that suicide attack. Until you know the pain of what actually goes on over here, stop posting about stuff you have no clue about.

        May 25, 2010 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
  20. Shawn

    How do u guys now wats going on over there? Do u kno the 6 pple that were arrested after the incident just wondering kk bye

    May 24, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim L.


      May 24, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • LacrosseSon

      Did you type that on your cell phone?

      May 24, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  21. David Descoteaux

    There should be public executions of those taken prisoner ... they butcher our troops and we should retaliate by hanging them in the public eye ...

    May 24, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      A big part of me agrees that an execution would be fitting... only two problems. 1) We need to show them that we're better than them... we can't sink to their level. Right now we're trying to get the Afgan people to accept us and work with us against the Taliban, but so many of them are unwilling to work against "their own". We need to show them that we can be more humane and understanding than them. 2) We'd just be giving the taliban what they want anyways. They WANT to DIE. They're convinced that when they do, paradise awaits... so I think it's a much more fitting punishment to let them rot in prison.

      May 24, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Yes, because an eye for an eye is always the correct course of action. I do agree something needs to be done, but more blood just creates more blood.

      May 24, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • David

        You have to be prepared to play on their (the Taliban's) level. If raw brute force is the only thing that gets the message across, then be prepared to send that message.

        "When in Rome, do as the Romans do"

        May 24, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tyler


        May 25, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      What about the rotten butchers who operate those ungodly drones,dropping 500lb.bombs on defenseless people?

      May 24, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anonymous

        Those drones kill militants. And here is some knowledge for you, the Insurgents have killed 3 times as many civilians than ISAF this year. Make sure you have your facts straight before you start labeling us as the evil ones.

        May 25, 2010 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
      • Abdullah

        You guys are funny, America brought down their own two buildings, attack the most poorest country on earth with the help of 50 other countries... America buried under Loan, Jews controlling every sector of your live... when will you guys wake up from your American dream? Get reality check, There has never been any case of Suicide bombing in Afghanistan or Iraq, it started just After USA calling Muslims Suicide bomber and Terrorist, Suicide bombing only exist in your Jews controlled media and Mind. Ninety Nine percent of Suicide Bombing Casualties and target are the Innocent people, America is the real foreigners and occupiers attacked Afghanistan from the other side of the world!!

        July 12, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |