At least 40 people were killed and scores more injured in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan. The target is thought to have been a delegation of MPs visiting a factory in the northern town of Pol-i-Khumri. Six died, as well as a number of schoolchildren. Fellow-MP Shukria Barakzai said her collegues had been on an economic fact-finding trip. “The MPs were on a tour learning about economic growth. Their second programme was to go to a sugar factory which they wanted to see.”
Among the victims was the leading parliamentary opposition spokesman, Mostafa Kazimi. The exact number of deaths is unclear, but it was the bloodiest suicide bombing in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. The Taliban denied any involvement in the attack.