Govt. under fire for reaction to Kabul bombing

Government is being heavily criticised for not condemning the suicide bomb attack on Tuesday.

A suicide bomber blew herself up alongside a minivan carrying foreigners on a major highway leading to the international airport in the Afghan capital, police said, killing at least 12 people, including nine foreigners. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Government is being heavily criticised for only sending condolences to the families of eight South Africans killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan's capital Kabul.

A young female suicide bomber detonated explosives as the minibus carrying 12 people was travelling to the international airport on Tuesday.

Afghan police said most of victims worked for a foreign air charter company named ACS Ltd.

South Africa has come under fire for not condemning the bombing while other governments have.

But Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj says they are saddened by the attack, but have more pressing issues to attend to.

He said government's efforts to confirm the identities of the South Africans and contact their next-of-kin's were underway.

Insurgent group Hezb-e-Islami has claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying it was in protest against the a film insulting the Prophet Mohammed.

The short film, produced with private funds in the United States, has sparked days of demonstrations in cities of Arab, Africa, Asia and other Western countries.

The US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans were also killed in an attack in Benghazi as a result of the film.

Muslims have also stormed other foreign embassies in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Hezb-e-Islami has threatened further attacks.