Afghan pres. asks clerics to campaign against turban bombs

By REUTERS
August 9, 2011 15:05

 
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KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has asked the country's religious elders to use their influence to sway Islamist insurgents not to use turbans to hide suicide bombs in a bid to halt the deadly new tactic before it becomes more widespread.

Two separate turban bombings last month killed the mayor of the southern city of Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban, and a senior cleric in the city, raising questions about how to guard against this new ploy without causing religious offense.

Suicide bombers in Afghanistan and Pakistan have also used women's burkas to disguise themselves.

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