Loss of 3 brothers: Heavy burden falls on small shoulders
ASADABAD (Pajhwok): Saturday’s deadly suicide attack in eastern Kunar province claimed the lives of three brothers, all breadwinners for their 21 family members, including their elder parents.
At least 13 people including tribal elder Haji Khan Jan were killed and 40 others wounded in the suicide attack in Asadabad, the capital of Kunar.
The victims included youth and children, with the three brothers selling soup and pakora at the roadside. A forth brother of the victims, who recently completed high school education, was seriously injured. He is currently in a coma.
The three dead brothers -- Habibullah, Roohullah and Ihsanullah-- were aged between 20 and 30 years. All of them were married.
Gul Akbar Khan, uncle of the three victims, told Pajhwok Afghan News his nephews sold soup and pakora to feed their families.
“My elder brother, who is more than 60 years of age, anxiously awaited his sons returning home with the money they earned. But all his hopes died with the loss of his sons on Saturday evening,” he remarked.
Akbar added his elder nephew Habibullah, 30, had five children. His second nephew Ihsanullah (28) had four children and the third is survived by two kids.
Jaafar, 18, is his fourth nephew, who was wounded seriously. He is currently struggling for life at the Jalalabad Civil Hospital.“He recently graduated from high school and started working alongside his brothers in eking out a living.”
Akbar Khan said: “Now my 10 years old nephew has to take care of the 21-member family, including his parents and their grandchildren.” The victims had five sisters -- one of them married and four still at home.
As a routine affair, the victims’ father would wait on a rooftop of his home for his sons.“His wait has finally come to an anguished end. Allah will punish the terrorists who have left us in a state of mourning.”
Kunar Governor Wahidullah Kalimzai vehemently condemned the incident, saying his heart went out to the victims’ families, particularly the three brothers who lost their lives in the terrorist act.
Kalimzai, who has already contacted the central government, hoped the victims’ families would soon receive recompense. No one has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.
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