Afghan Amusement Park Lasts Almost 13 Hours
KABUL — Christmas came early to Afghanistan’s capital city this week, as the war-weary local populace enjoyed the opening of the City Park amusement center. The park lasted an unprecedented 13 hours before being ripped apart by a wave of violence, including Taliban suicide bombers and a subsequent three-day battle that wiped out the remaining die-hard insurgents, along with all the good rides.
“It was truly a wonderful experience. My family enjoyed the chance to forget about the bullets and bombs for the afternoon,” said Mohammed Abdul Kasim, a bicycle repair shop owner who lost two of his wives and three children in the ensuing violence.
The Pirates of the Horn Of Africa ride was unharmed, sources said.
For a nation that traditionally discourages western pop-culture icons, the park’s greatest attractions for the youngest visitors were Mickey and Minnie Mouse look-a-likes, lovable cartoon characters who offered hugs and candy to the children in City Park until they were captured and subs…
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