Embassy bombings in Uzbkistan

07.30.04

The American and Israeli embassies in Uzbekistan were targeted by suicide bombers today:

Simultaneous bomb attacks struck the U.S. and Israeli embassies in Uzbekistan as well as the state prosecutor’s office in the capital Tashkent Friday, killing at least two people and wounding five.

The action appeared clearly coordinated, days after the start of a trial in Tashkent of 15 suspected Islamist extremists on charges of trying to overthrow the ex-Soviet state in connection with attacks in March that killed nearly 50 people.

The three late afternoon blasts in Uzbekistan, a mainly Muslim country that backs Washington’s “war on terror” and hosts a U.S. airbase, appeared to have been triggered by suicide bombers, almost certainly on foot.

I’m willing to bet most Americans and Israelis didn’t even know they had embassies in Uzbekistan. Well, they know now. Two people were killed at the Israeli embassy; no injuries were incurred at the American one.

And of course, there are no eyebrows being raised anymore. It’s just assumed to be logical for terrorists to target Americans and Israelis: the coalition of the international bullseye.

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