8 South Africans killed in Kabul


The South African Department of International Relations and Co-operation has confirmed that eight South Africans have died in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan this morning.

“Our mission in Islamabad in Pakistan, which is also accredited in Afghanistan, has informed us that eight South Africans were among the dead in the explosion which occurred in Kabul early this morning,” foreign affairs spokesperson Nelson Kgwete told AFP.

Afghan police said among the 12 dead in the Kabul bomb attack were eight Russians and South Africans, mostly working for a foreign air charter company named ACS Ltd.

A short film made with private funds in the United States and posted on the Internet has ignited days of demonstrations in the Arab world, Africa, Asia and in some Western countries.

In a torrent of violence blamed on the film last week, the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in an attack in Benghazi and U.S. and other foreign embassies were stormed in cities in Asia, Africa and the Middle. At least nine other people were killed, Reuters reports.

The Department has consulted with the families of the deceased and hereby releases their names with permission from their families.

  • Christian Johannes Justus PRETORIUS, aged 30, Pretoria, Gauteng
  • Fraser Angus CAREY, aged 31, Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • Brandon Quinn BOOTH, aged 47 , Balgowan, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Johan Abraham VAN HUYSSTEEN, aged 31, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
  • Johan Frederick BOUCHAUD, aged 30, Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • Johannes Judenis HUMPHRIES, aged 65, Centurion, Gauteng
  • Steven LEONG, aged 31, Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • Jenny Margaret AYRIS,aged 46, Scotland, United Kingdom