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Female Afghan Lawmaker Survives Suicide Bomb Attack

A June 2013 shows Afghan parliamentarian Shukria Barakzai during a graduation ceremony of Afghan Army soldiers in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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A June 2013 shows Afghan parliamentarian Shukria Barakzai during a graduation ceremony of Afghan Army soldiers in Kabul, Afghanistan.

An outspoken female Afghan lawmaker was wounded in a suicide bomb attack on her vehicle in the capital, Kabul, that killed three bystanders and hurt more than 10 others.

Member of Parliament Shukria Barakzai, an ally of newly elected President Ashraf Ghani who has fought for women's rights in the male-dominated society, was only slightly wounded in the attack. Speaking from her hospital bed, she told Reuters "I survived because of my people's prayers."

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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According to reports, Barakzai was traveling in a convoy with other MPs on their way to parliament when a car tried to ram her vehicle and then exploded.

The BBC notes: "The latest incident comes a week after a suicide bomber entered the offices of Kabul's police chief in one of the most fortified areas of the capital and killed a senior officer."

According to Reuters, 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.

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