Monday, March 14, 2011


KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (Reuters) – A suicide attack on an army recruitment center in northern Afghanistan killed at least 37 people on Monday, the third major assault in the area in less than a month, the deputy governor said.  Dozens were wounded, officials said, and a Reuters witness heard gunfire in the area after the attack. Hamdullah Danishi, deputy governor of Kunduz province, said the casualties were all caused by a single suicide bomber.  “The death toll includes new recruits, army soldiers and civilians,” Danishi told Reuters. Several children who earned a living as shoe polishers were also among the dead, he said.  Some of the wounded were in critical condition and the toll may rise, said the hospital director Humayoun Khamosh.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack on behalf of the militant Islamist group.  Violence is spreading fast in the once relatively peaceful north, with Kunduz a focus for insurgents.  The Kunduz police chief was killed by a suicide bomber while out on patrol in the city last week.  Last month, a suicide bomber killed at least 30 people in a government office while people were queuing to collect identity cards in Kunduz.  The previous governor of Kunduz was killed in an attack on a mosque where he was worshipping last October, and in December an assault by suicide bombers on an army recruitment center near the site of Monday’s attack killed five soldiers and four policemen.

This attack comes four days after the provincial police chief of Kunduz was killed by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle in the city, along with four other people. The Taliban say they carried out the attack.  And last month, 30 people died in another suicide bombing in the city.  The United Nations has said the insurgents have changed their tactics and are now increasingly targeting civilians, in an effort to hinder the transition of power in the country.  Gradually this world is becoming unfit for stay of peace loving good people. If this unholy violent trend is not restricted, it will gradually contaminate the  whole human society.

Unless and until the eternal relationship of the people is known to them and they realize that they cannot exist and be happy without the Godhead, Who is All-Bliss, the natural inclination of the people towards the Godhead and diversion of their attention from the material aspects of life cannot be effected. ... Mere belief in the existence of God will be of great benefit to humanity by teaching man to do good to others. ... So long as people do not understand that they are inseparably connected, and until the activities of the people are God-centered, mere sentimentalism or fictitious ideas will not be able to foster real love amongst individuals.  If we know that the infliction of harm to other animate beings is detrimental to our own interest and will bring harm in return, we will not be encouraged to harm any individual, nay even any sentient being of the world.

Śrīla Bhakti Dayita Madhava Mahārāja :
“Realistic Solution for Diverse Humanity”
Speech at a ‘Spiritual Summit Conference’ - 1968 Calcutta.
Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math -

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