A few days ago, we wrote about the suicide attack at a Shiite religious ceremony in central Kabul, and my former classmate John Wendle‘s eye-witness video appeared in a CNN report. His account of the horrific attacks has since been posted. It’s not for the faint of heart but it is an effecting view of the aftermath.
What we know now is that the attack points to sectarian militants in Pakistan, the al-Qaida affiliated, Pakistan-based militant outfit called Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-alami. Abbas Daiyar, in the Guardian, asks “whether this will lead to sustained sectarian violence. If targeted sectarian attacks increase, it might provoke retaliatory actions and the birth of Shia militant groups in Afghanistan. With the history of Iranian involvement behind creating such groups in Pakistan in the past, it will not be hard for them to grow such outfits in Afghanistan. But it will take time.”
The attacks have led to a war of words between Afghanistan and Pakistan (AFP). Better than bombs, at least.