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Women's rights campaigner survives Afghanistan suicide attack


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Women's rights campaigner survives Afghanistan suicide attack

A prominent women’s rights campaigner has survived a suicide bomb attack on her car in Kabul.

However police say three civilian bystanders were killed, and more than ten people were wounded.

Shukria Barakzai has claimed she ran a secret school for girls during the Taliban’s five-year rule.

She is now a member of the Afghan parliament, a close ally of new President Ashraf Ghani and a member of his team appointed to help choose a new cabinet.

The president has condemned the attack.

Speaking from hospital, Barakzai said she survived because of her people’s prayers.

The bombing was the latest to target members of the US-backed Afghan government.

It is fighting a fierce onslaught by the Islamist Taliban movement as most foreign troops prepare to leave the country by the end of the year.

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