Afghan Woman Lawmaker Survives Suicide Bombing That Kills Three

Shukria Barakzai, a high-profile Afghan woman lawmaker, was slightly wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car near her vehicle in the capital, Kabul, a government official said.

Three locals, including a girl, were killed in the attack today near parliament and 16 other people were wounded, according to Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Siddiqi.

Barakzai, 42, has been an outspoken critic of the Taliban, which had prohibited women from going to school and socializing during its five-year rule of Afghanistan. Shortly after its ouster in 2001, she founded a pro-democracy newspaper in Kabul and has served for 10 years in parliament, which now has 69 women among its 249 lawmakers.

Two days ago, newly elected President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani visited Pakistan to reset relations and pledged to jointly fight terrorism as international troops prepare to leave Afghanistan in two years. The Taliban has said it will step up its attacks until all foreign troops leave.

Ghani condemned the attempt on Barakzai’s life and ordered security officials to investigate, according to an e-mailed statement from his office.

The bombing shattered windows of nearby buildings and damaged nearby vehicles, Siddiqi said. The parliament building was slightly harmed, he said.

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