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Afghanistan MP Ahmad Khan Samangani killed in a suicide bomb attack


July 14, 2012 - Aybak, Afghanistan

Uzbek MP Ahmad Khan Samangani was killed by a suicide bomber at a wedding in the provincial capital of Aybak. The blast killed around 20 other people and injured more than 40. The suicide bomber appeared as a guest at the wedding party of the MP's daughter before detonating the explosives he was wearing. The attack happened at 7:30 am.

The Taliban group has quickly denied their involvement in the attack. The ethnic MP Ahmad Khan is a well-known politician in the country. He was a commander in the mujahideen militia during Afghanistan's civil war in the 1980s. He became a member of parliament last year.

President Hamid Karzai expressed his grief over the killing of Ahmad Khan and has appointed a team to investigate the attack. Provincial Intelligence Chief Mohammad Khan was also killed in the attack. The attack comes a day after a prominent female Afghan politician, Hanifa Safi, was killed in a bomb attack in eastern Laghman province. Safi is the head of Afghan ministry of women's affairs and was a leading advocate of fair treatment for women.

Ahmad Khan survived an assassination attempt five years ago during the fight against Soviet forces.

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