August 19th, 2011
12:47 PM ET

Eyewitnesses to Kabul explosions

Explosions and heavy automatic gunfire were heard hours after five well-armed suicide bombers attacked the British Council in Kabul on Friday, leaving at least eight people dead, officials said.

Two iReporters were in Kabul and captured the seconds after the explosions and what it was like in the hours that followed:

"It was 5:40 when a very strong explosion shook my house and woke me up," said iReporter Nazir Ekhlass. "The first thing that came to my mind was 'may[be] it's a rocket that hit very close to my house.'"

Ekhlass, 23, went up to his roof to immediately take the photos above. "The Taliban claimed credit for the attack," he said. "and the reason they say was 'we have defeated Britain in 1919, this attack is to refresh the defeat.'"

For iReporter Joseph Andrew Grosso, 30, the blasts hit close to home. He lives about two blocks away from the British Council. "I woke up with the first blast ringing in my ears and our whole house shaking," he wrote in his iReport.

"[I ran] to the rooftop with my friends and my camera, tousled headed but instantly awake," the New York native said. "We watched the rest of the attack all day."

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  1. @@

    One things these blogs illustrate time and time again is how we do not listen to each other. These threads are a microcosm for the larger world and how problems develop and utter lack of the skill, ability, or desire to listen to the other view. Rather, we see these juvenile pout, prance, and insult games go on and on.

    This post will be ridiculed by the pouters and bigots who seem to think they own these threads. Wish we'd get a real response from the moderators as to why they allow the cruelties here. These blog threads are supposed to be a forum for intelligent discussion but that rarely (never, really) happens.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • @@

      (See what I mean.....?)

      Your point....if there is one (other than tossing out your mandatory insults)?

      August 22, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        The point is clear: correct yourself before blaming others.

        August 23, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
      • Eknath

        I am not "blaming others." You are a master of twisting and manipulation.

        August 23, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Eknath – my post was not directed to you, but to @@ explaining what he did not understand properly.

        August 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. God

    Learn to love an share despite your differences.

    August 22, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jimmy Cracks Capricorns

    Judaism + Christianity +Isalm = Axis of Evil Against the Soul of Mankind

    It's a very siomple math you just have to open your eyes to the equation !!

    August 22, 2011 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
    • American Soldier

      No Jimmy, the true Axis of Evil against the Soul of Mankind is the U.S. and it's NATO allies as seen today by their brutal takeover of Libya by proxy!!!

      August 22, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. pamiri

    Dear Laila you are right, Taliban is the most wild animals and the are serving for PK and other extremists and they are the killers of innocent people in AFG and in all the worls by Alqaeda,

    from Kabul

    August 22, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • American Soldier

      Come on pamiri, we're all getting a little sick and tired of reading you right-wing BS on this web page since there's not a word of truth in it anyway! Give it a rest, will you???

      August 22, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. pamiri

    ]Its UK that more than then Sudia Arabia supports Taliban and in one or the other way, and I think this explosion was desgned by british and Taliban, because some days before the Top commander of Taliban Mullah Zahef was invited to the British embassy!!! and then the event happened and we know that the British is note honest in fighting against Talibana nd terrorisms,

    From Kabul

    August 22, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Pray this Prayer

    CONSCIENCE predicted by O u r L a d y in Garabandal in 1961 will take place soon to
    save the world.

    The Warning is taking place to:

    1. Prove to all that God exists.
    2 Bring everyone to J e s u s and the Way of Truth.
    3. To help save us before the final day of judgement by giving us a chance to ask for
    forgiveness for the sins we have committed.

    What will Happen?


    The sky will turn red, it will look like fire & then you will see a large cross in the sky to
    prepare you.

    Everyone over the age of 7 will experience a mystical encounter with J e s u s C h r i s t which will last
    anything up to 15 minutes.

    Pray this prayer to be prepared: Oh my precious J e s u s,embrace me in your arms and allow my head to rest upon your shoulders so that you can raise me up to your glorious kingdom when the time is right. Allow your precious blood to flow over my heart that we can be united as one.

    August 21, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      You will collide for sure, not the comets.

      August 21, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. ronvan

    I have said it before and I will say it again! We need to get out of these 2 bit countries! The ONLY threat here is themselves. It is in their history and blood! They will kill each other off!

    August 19, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Greg

    British Counsel, not Council.

    August 19, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JOE


    I agree with part of your assessment where you said some of the violence is cause by our military invasions. But as far as colonialism, I'm not sure. For example, when the extremists attack US interests, they usually announce that the attacks were in retaliation for our foreign policies. But when they attack their own people such as the case at this Mosque, they usually say what group was responsible for the attacks but they never really seem to state the reason for the attacks. They seldom do. And how is their government going to start addressing their demands or concerns if they never state what they are? Or do they just carryout these acts of violence for the fun of it? I'm still confused.

    August 19, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • melvinslizard

      How does our military invasion of Afghanistan justify blowing up a house of worship in Pakistan? That logic doesn't work in the real world.

      August 22, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Because in that house there was a target, some US allie for sure.

        August 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JOE

    I just don't understand the Muslim or Islamic world at all. Every so often, the Pakistan government accuses the US of drone strikes that inadvertently kill Pakistanian civilians. That is of course sad and unfortunate but yet, each month of every year, religious fanatics in the Muslim and Islamic world keep carryingout these hanous and outrageous attacks in places of worship, killing innocent civilians while they pray. Sme body please explain? First the Muslin world accuses the West of a double foreign policy that favors Israel and they say that the terrorist attacks they carryout is justification for these oppressive policies. But when you murder your own people in cold blood, who do you also blame the West for these acts of violence?

    So why can't these governments bring all the different factions together and try to iron out their differences and try to learn what is really ailing them? And then try to come to some sort of compromise to alleviate all these senseless killings? Or perhaps I'm just optimistic or plain stupid. Then how do you curb these acts of violence in the Muslim world? This bothers me because all killings whether against Westerners or against Muslims are outrageous and unacceptable. So what can the Muslim world really do to stop these senseless killings? Please explain.

    August 19, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • AntiChina

      JOe, i would like to reply you about this what you said, When somebody wants to dump you out of your house, what would you do? will you protect your family or stay like an idiot?
      second thing: most of those peoples who does suicide bombing, is because they lost all the family, he has nothing to loose, and he is burned emotionally head to toe, so his revenge is to do the same thing to israeli citizen.
      third: israeli attacks gaza with rockets, and when you see some innocent died which didn't had to do nothing with the war, a dad or a teenage son who lost his family burned in front of their eyes, what he would do? let it go? no he won't, because he will do the same thing to an israeli family,
      NOTE: Real Muslim without personal issues, will never go do suicide bombing , its against religion. and those who does have no reason to live..
      And this routing keep going on and on.. the only solution is.. The UN to make the country independent and to tell in their faces, You as Israeli no rights to attack the country, you as Afghanistani no rights to attack .. Big fines will be. Country will pay the Fines and consequences. and let's see how the Countries will make strict rules to citizen.
      put some Soldiers there between the borders, for a while for stabilizing the situation till they get used to it, and problem solved...

      August 19, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JOE

    So what is the mission in Afghanistan? O' yes it was president Obama who had to define the mission in Afghanistan some ten years later when he authorized our brave Navy Seals to take out OBL. And what is the end game in Afghanistan? O' yea, it was president Obama who had to also define the end game in Afghanistan some ten years later by setting a deadline for troop withdrawal from that country. And did I mention that our troops are coming home from Iraq too? Yea, Obama's foreign policy is sure flawed and ineffective. Imagine that!

    August 19, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |