SA Pilots Killed in Kabul Blast

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Re: SA Pilots Killed in Kabul Blast

Unread post by ballot » Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:49 pm

Condolences to BalmOral during these very difficult times. Hearts go out to the families and friends, we will surely miss our colleagues and the company will never be the same without them.

Names have not yet been released as the bodies have to be positively identified first.

We need the support of the South African Aviation Community at this stage, please, please refrain from posting any derogative comments about islam etc. Let us think about the victims and their families.


“ACS / BalmOral is deeply saddened by the loss of the lives of some of our staff in Kabul, Afghanistan due to a suicide bombing attack that occurred on September 18th. We are in the process of notifying the next of kin and our main focus now remains with the families of the innocent victims, who tragically lost their lives. Our prayers and thoughts are with them, and all our staff remaining in Kabul. It’s a sad and difficult time we face, and we would appreciate and appeal to your humanity in allowing us all, and especially the families, to have the time to grieve the loss of loved ones.”

There are some gruesome pictures doing the rounds in the media at the moment and we would earnestly request that you respect the dignity of the victims and the families by not publishing pictures in your publications showing the bodies of the victims.

For any further information please call our crisis media center on 079 716 0485."
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8 South Africans killed in Kabul blast

Unread post by Sky Knight » Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:55 pm

From IOL
http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/ ... -1.1385376

Very tragic.......
Kabul - A female suicide car bomber attacked a van in Kabul on Tuesday, killing 12 people, including eight South Africans, in an assault insurgents said was in revenge for an anti-Islam film made in America.

The bombing on a highway leading to Kabul international airport was the second suicide attack in the heavily fortified city in 10 days, reviving questions about stability as NATO accelerates a troop withdrawal and hands over to Afghan forces by the end of 2014.

It came as officers revealed that Western troops are scaling back joint operations with Afghans after 51 NATO soldiers were shot dead this year by their local colleagues, a setback for the war strategy that focuses on training Afghans to take over.

An AFP photographer saw at least six bodies lying among the wreckage of a gutted minivan, and another vehicle destroyed by flames still burning in the middle of the highway, with debris flung all around.

“At around 6.45am (02.15 GMT) a suicide bomber using a sedan blew himself up along the airport road in District 15. As a result, nine workers of a foreign company and three Afghan civilians are dead, and two police are wounded,” police said in a statement.

An Afghan and a Western security official said nine foreigners were killed. The South African foreign ministry said eight of its citizens were among the dead.

“The foreigners were from a private company working at the airport,” the Afghan official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A spokesman for NATO's US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said it had no reports that its personnel were among the casualties.

Afghanistan's second largest insurgent group, Hezb-i-Islami, claimed responsibility, saying it was carried out by a woman to avenge the “Innocence of Muslims” film, which has sparked a week of furious anti-US riots across Asia, North Africa and the Middle East.

“The bombing was carried out by a woman named Fatima. The bombing was in retaliation for the insult to our Prophet,” spokesman Zubair Sidiqi in a telephone call to AFP from an undisclosed location.

It is extremely rare for the faction to claim a suicide attack in Afghanistan. It is also rare for women, few of whom drive in Afghanistan, to carry out suicide attacks.

A police investigator said he believed the bomber was female, after finding parts of a woman's leg.

On Monday, protests turned violent for the first time in Afghanistan over the low-budget trailer for the film, which is believed to have been produced by extremist Christians, as hundreds hurled stones at a US military base and clashed with police.

In the northern city of Kunduz, several hundred university students threw stones at police and set fire to photographs of US President Barack Obama in a fresh protest on Tuesday.

Under new orders, most joint patrols and advisory work with Afghan troops -- the cornerstone of NATO departure plans -- will have to be approved by a regional commander.

Cooperation with smaller units will have to be “evaluated on a case-by-case basis and approved by RC (regional) commanders”, ISAF said in a statement.

NATO, which is helping the Afghan government fight a Taliban-led insurgency now in its 11th year, is gradually withdrawing its 112 600 remaining troops.

But as so-called insider attacks have grown, US commanders have gradually acknowledged the assaults pose a serious threat to the war effort and have struggled to stem the problem.

The commander of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan, General John Allen, “has directed all operational commanders to review force protection and tactical activities in the light of the current circumstances”, a US military officer in Washington said in an email.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, speaking at a news conference in Beijing, said the attacks were worrisome but that he believed Allen had taken the right approach to counter the problem.

But he insisted the insider assaults would not delay or derail plans to complete a drawdown of troops by the end of 2014 as planned.

The decision came after six ISAF soldiers were shot dead by suspected Afghan police and after the Taliban destroyed six US fighter jets in an unprecedented assault on a major base in the south this weekend.

It was unclear how the new rules for joint patrols might affect the plan to pull out the bulk of NATO combat forces, as some Afghan units are considered ill-prepared to begin operating independently. - AFP
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Re: SA Pilots Killed in Kabul Blast

Unread post by Fat Frank » Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:02 pm

There are some absolutly shocking pictures on IOL, view with caution.

Such a shame, next of kin still not notified. Please do not list them.
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Re: SA Pilots Killed in Kabul Blast

Unread post by ballot » Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:15 pm

A Press Conference is planned for this afternoon at 16:00 at the Dokota Lodge, Rand Airport, Germiston. Family and friends will not be allowed at the Press conference please, positive identification will be required at the entrance. Names will not yet be released.
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Re: SA Pilots Killed in Kabul Blast

Unread post by Lindsay Powell » Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:23 pm

May she burn in Hell for all eternity!
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Re: SA Pilots Killed in Kabul Blast

Unread post by Swampdonkey » Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:24 pm

Sveepz wrote:May she burn in Hell for all eternity!
She is!
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Re: SA Pilots Killed in Kabul Blast

Unread post by Fat Frank » Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:36 pm

A peaceful religion......... my hairy ar$e.
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Re: SA Pilots Killed in Kabul Blast

Unread post by Darrell Lush » Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:41 pm

ballot wrote:A Press Conference is planned for this afternoon at 16:00 at the Dokota Lodge, Rand Airport, Germiston. Family and friends will not be allowed at the Press conference please, positive identification will be required at the entrance. Names will not yet be released.
Wow ballot....my thoughts are with you guys. This is gut wrenching.
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Re: SA Pilots Killed in Kabul Blast

Unread post by ballot » Tue Sep 18, 2012 3:14 pm

ballot wrote:A Press Conference is planned for this afternoon at 16:00 at the Dokota Lodge, Rand Airport, Germiston. Family and friends will not be allowed at the Press conference please, positive identification will be required at the entrance. Names will not yet be released.
The Press Conference planned for this afternoon has been cancelled until further notice. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. Further info will become available in due course.
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Re: SA Pilots Killed in Kabul Blast

Unread post by apollo11 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 3:47 pm

Sickening, tragic and so damn unnecessary, I'll reserve my personal feelings on this forum for Muslim extremists as requested but sincerely hope the people that helped plan this come up against a SEAL or SAS team real soon…. Yes may she burn in hell

Condolences to family and friends
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Unread post by Snoopy » Tue Sep 18, 2012 3:55 pm

K7 wrote:My son flies for them and I am glad he is at home at present. He is quite upset at present as he knew them all. Very worrying. Condolences to all the families and friends.
One cannot rewind what has happened, one can only empathise with the loss felt by friends and family today... sorry for his loss of friends. And my prayer is that those left behind will have the courage to endure in the face of all this... [-o<

May the memories of the lost live on... even if the answers to why them?... are left unanswered.

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Re: SA Pilots Killed in Kabul Blast

Unread post by WagAero » Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:19 pm

Condolences ... may the families and close friends find the deep inner strength to cope .
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Re: SA Pilots Killed in Kabul Blast

Unread post by CharlieVictorSierra » Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:21 pm

My entire companies condolences to all family, friends of the victims and to all of you at BalmOral. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in these times. Time is the only healer when something tragic like this happens.

I truly hope that there is a life beyond this one of ours where she endures a lifetime of torture.
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Unread post by pilotinsure.co.za » Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:57 pm

Condolences to all families involved ! This is so tragic !!! RIP friends! You are all loved
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Re: SA Pilots Killed in Kabul Blast

Unread post by Great Dane » Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:55 pm

Condolences to all involved :(

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