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Afghan female MP targeted in blast

2014-11-16 10:27

Kabul - A suicide bomber on Sunday targeted a vehicle convoy of Afghan lawmakers that included a prominent female MP, killing three civilians and injuring 17 others, officials said.

The blast, in which the attacker detonated an explosives-packed car, left the MPs' vehicles badly damaged on a main road in the west of Kabul, close to the parliament.

"(Shukria) Barekzai - she is fine and suffers small injuries," interior ministry spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi said of the politician via Twitter.

"Unfortunately three civilians (were) martyred and around 17 injured in today's attack."

Barekzai is renowned as a campaigner for improved women's rights in Afghanistan, a stance that attracts fierce opposition from many Islamist groups and Muslim conservatives.

She has spoken about receiving regular death threats.

Shinkay Karokhil, another female MP, told AFP: "The target was a convoy of MPs who were driving toward the parliament. Shukria Barekzai was affected by the attack but she is fine."

The attack came the day after President Ashraf Ghani ended a two-day visit to neighbouring Pakistan, which is blamed for sheltering insurgent leaders behind many of the attacks in Afghanistan.

Ghani, a supporter of better women's rights, said improved relations with Pakistan could aid security in the troubled region as US-led Nato combat troops leave Afghanistan after more than a decade of fighting the Taliban.

Comments
  • Web Perfect - 2014-11-16 11:22

    More Islamic violence, bloodshed and death all in the name of a so called god who wants people to kill others. What a hideous sick satanic cult they belong to.

      Ayesha Omar - 2014-11-16 15:19

      after watching channel 263 at 10 last night,seems like usa and its cronies are money crazy and went there just for a pipeline to carry gas, and karzai was employed by the company that won the contract to explore the gas and now runs the country!usa goverment is a devil demonic group of people only causing conflict for material gain.

      Colin Rotheringham - 2014-11-17 00:18

      Ayesha, you're distracting yourself with propaganda.

      Helen Slater - 2014-11-17 14:02

      Ayesha, comment on the topic at hand, not your mindless propaganda

      Helen Slater - 2014-11-17 14:02

      Ayesha, comment on the topic at hand, not your mindless propaganda

  • Stewart Garner - 2014-11-16 14:11

    this is nato and usa bombing these innocent people and then telling the world its suicide bombers same happens in iraq there has never been any bloodshed in libya or iraq before the bastard americans and a$#%s nato invaded them are you people that blind or ignorant to notice this?problem is too many people in south africa suck up to america and believ all the propoganda.they cant think for themselves espcially the old afrikaners.

      Dylan Whittal - 2014-11-16 14:58

      no bloodshed in thoughs countrys before they invaded you say? whos ignorant now? that wasnt a realy intelligent statement!!! invade under false pretences yes maybe but iraq libya etc where and are some of the most savage dictor ravaged countys in the world

      Colin Rotheringham - 2014-11-17 00:19

      You're out of touch. That is not what was happening in these countries, and not what is happening now.

  • Stewart Garner - 2014-11-16 14:24

    hey mahomed its only the whites in this country who believe americans and british are saints

      Dylan Whittal - 2014-11-16 15:01

      they hardly are but where does the world run to when theres a problem? and I suppose china russia north korea and the muslim world etc are absolutely angels?

      Colin Rotheringham - 2014-11-17 00:20

      Racism.

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