Female Afghan MP says "prayers" saved her from bomb attack
An outspoken female Afghan lawmaker survived a suicide bombing attack on her vehicle on Sunday, suffering slight wounds, but three civilian bystanders were killed, a police spokesman said.
Kabul: An outspoken female Afghan lawmaker survived a suicide bombing attack on her vehicle on Sunday, suffering slight wounds, but three civilian bystanders were killed, a police spokesman said.
Member of parliament Shukria Barakzai is a women`s rights advocate and a close ally of new President Ashraf Ghani, who condemned the attack in a statement.
"I survived because of my people`s prayers," Barakzai told Reuters by telephone from her hospital bed.
The bombing was the latest to target members of the U.S.-backed Afghan government, which is fighting a fierce onslaught by the Islamist Taliban movement as most foreign combat troops prepare to leave Afghanistan by the end of the year.
Hashmat Stanekzai, a spokesman for Kabul`s police chief, said three civilians were killed by the suicide attacker and more than 10 wounded. Stanekzai said social media reports that Barakzai`s daughter had been killed were not correct.
Barakzai told Reuters in a 2005 interview that she had run a secret school for girls during the Taliban`s five-year rule, during which harsh restrictions were imposed on women.
The Taliban`s government was toppled by U.S.-backed Afghan forces after it refused to hand over the al Qaeda planners of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
Barakzai is a member of the team Ghani appointed to help choose a new Cabinet after he took office in late September after a lengthy and bitter dispute over election results with rival Abdullah Abdullah finally ended in a coalition government.
Continued disputes between the two camps have delayed the new Cabinet`s appointment.