November 06, 2007

Suicide Bomber Kills Group of Afghan Lawmakers

A group of Afghan legislators touring a sugar factory in Baghlan province, north of Kabul, were killed when attacked by a suicide bomber. One of those targeted was a member of the Northern Alliance, the group that fought alongside the US against the Taliban. Via AP:

KABUL, Afghanistan - A bomb blast targeted a group of lawmakers touring a factory north of Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least 20 people, including six parliamentarians, a lawmaker said.

The lawmakers were about to tour a sugar factory in the northern province of Baghlan when the blast went off. Six members of parliament were among at least 20 people killed, said Faizullah Zaki, a lawmaker from Jawzjan province.

Kamin Khan, a police official, said people "everywhere" were dead and wounded, including police, children, lawmakers and officials from the Department of Agriculture. Afghanistan's major television station, Tolo TV, reported more than 100 people killed and wounded.

Among the six lawmakers killed was Sayed Mustafa Kazimi, a former Afghan commerce minister and a powerful member of the Northern Alliance, said the lawmaker's secretary, Ahmadi, who gave only one name.

UPDATE: Hospital Tells Reuters 90 Killed, 50 Hurt in Afghan Attack

UPDATE II: Five of the dead legislators have been identified (via International Herald Tribune):

The former minister of commerce, Sayed Mustafa Kazemi, was among the dead, along with four other members of Parliament.

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Afghan National Television gave the names of other members of Parliament killed as Abdul Mateen, a former communist engineer from the southern province of Helmand; Qudrutallah Zaki, from the northern province of Takhar; and Said Rahman Hehmat, from Kunar Province in the east. The fifth was Muhammad Arif Zarif, from Kabul, Ahmad said.

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