Female Afghan MP survives suicide attack

A suicide bomber on Sunday attacked the vehicle convoy of a prominent female Afghan MP near the parliament in Kabul, killing three civilians and injuring 22 others, officials said.The blast, in which the attacker detonated an explosives-packed car, badly damaged Shukria Barakzai’s vehicle and shattered nearby windows on the main road in the west of the city. Television footage showed a clearly shaken Barakzai walking away from her wrecked car while other passengers were covered in blood.‘(She) is fine and suffers small injuries,’ interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said via Twitter. ‘Three people (were) martyred and 22 people injured.’
Barakzai is a renowned campaigner for 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, but there was no immediate claim of responsibility for Sunday’s blast.Shinkay Karokhil, another female MP, said: ‘The target was a convoy of MPs who were driving toward the parliament. Shukria Barakzai was affected by the attack but she is fine.’

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