Afghan woman MP survives car attack

Shukria Barakzai Image copyright AFP
Image caption Shukria Barakzai, pictured here in 2005, was lightly injured in the attack

A suicide bomber has targeted a prominent female Afghan politician, killing three civilians and wounding others in an attack on a Kabul convoy.

Shukria Barakzai, a women's rights advocate and ally of new President Ashraf Ghani, was lightly injured in the attack.

"[Ms Barakzai] is fine and suffers small injuries," Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi tweeted.

"Unfortunately three civilians martyred and around 17 injured," he added.

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Media captionAftermath of the attack showed the extent of the blast

Ms Barakzai was travelling in a convoy containing other lawmakers on their way to parliament when a car tried to ram the politician's vehicle and the attacker detonated explosives, reports said.

Afghanistan is grappling with a vicious insurgency, led by the Taliban.

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.

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Image caption The suicide bomber attacked a convoy of vehicles
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Image caption The attack took place on a main road in the west of Kabul
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Image caption Three civilian bystanders were killed and others were wounded

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