Taliban film shows last words of suicide bombers
Afghanistan's Taliban militia has released a DVD purporting to show suicide bombers shortly before they carry out attacks.Updated: May 12, 2006 03:37 IST
Afghanistan's Taliban militia has released a DVD purporting to show suicide bombers shortly before they carry out attacks and calling for more strikes on US and British coalition troops.
The film, a copy of which was seen by AFP, is called "Convoy of Martyrdom Seekers" and is sold at markets in restive northwest Pakistan and on the other side of the border in eastern Afghanistan.
Its release comes as Britain prepares to deploy 3,300 troops in southern Afghanistan. The United States already has more than 17,000 soldiers fighting rebels from the hardline Taliban, who were ousted in late 2001.
It features three men wearing white headbands with black script in the Pashto language reading out statements. Laid out in front of them are explosives and detonators.
"It is the only way of getting rid of US, British occupation, and this is the only way through which once again we can pave the way for the establishment of an Islamic government in Afghanistan," one of the alleged bombers says.
The DVD says one of the men -- called Saifullah and hailing from Afghanistan's restive Paktika province -- went on to attack US troops in the Girishk district of Helmand province on January 14.
Police said at the time that a suicide car bomber slightly damaged a US vehicle in Girishk but hurt no US soldiers. The film claims that seven US troops were killed and two tanks were destroyed.
First Published: May 12, 2006 03:37 IST