Struggle to find Kabul blast victims' families

ACS Balmoral says it is struggling to find families of the eight South Africans killed in Kabul.

A man looks at the carnage, outside a petrol station at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on September 18, 2012. A suicide bomber blew himself up alongside a minivan carrying foreigners on a major highway leading to the international airport in the Afghan capital, police said, killing at least 10 people, including nine foreigners. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The private aircraft company that employed eight South Africans killed in a Kabul bus blast on Tuesday said it was desperately trying to contact the victims' families.

An insurgent group reportedly took responsibility for the suicide bombing, which killed a dozen people.

It is understood the attack was in retaliation to a United States (US)-made film that mocked the Prophet Mohammed.

A young female suicide bomber reportedly detonated explosives on a bus travelling to the international airport.

ACS Balmoral confirmed that all eight South Africans were employed by the company, including pilots, co-pilots and other support staff.

The company and the Department of International Relations had identified all eight people.

The group was on its way to the airport when the bomb exploded, but it was not clear if the victims were returning to South Africa.

ACS Balmoral expressed its sadness with the tragic loss of life.

The department said it received calls from concerned aviation industry professionals, who were desperately trying to help locate the families.

The company confirmed it was struggling to find the families of the victims.