A double tragedy befell an Afghan family when a policeman was killed in twin Taliban blasts in Kabul and unable to cope with the anguish, his mother also died, the AFP reported today.
The twin blasts near the defence ministry in capital city reported on Monday claimed police commander Ahmad Salangi's life apart from at least 40 others who became victims of the attack.
"My mother was waiting by the door, waiting for news about Ahmad but I wanted to soothe her anxiety. I mumbled something, trying to hide the terrible news," Sayed Agha, his younger brother, told AFP explaining how kins of the deceased police commander were trying to cushion the shock in a bid to calm his anxious mother, adoringly called Bibi Haji.
"But I could not hide it much longer," Sayed added. The mother-of-six tried to put up a brave face when Sayed burst into tears saying that she had already lost two sons and was 'familiar with the pain'. One of her sons, a mujahideen fighter, was killed battling the Taliban and another died of an illness.
Soon Bibi Haji slipped into unconsciousness and was rushed to hospital. Barely half an hour later she was pronounced dead. "I knew she could not stand the pain of losing another son," Sayed Agha told.
Their funeral was carried out together in their native Parwan province, north of Kabul, today, which was attended by her extended family and government officials.
The twin blasts, which also left 110 people wounded, was one of the worst episodes of violence in the capital.