A suicide bomb blast killed and injured more than 100 people,
including six parliamentarians in northern Afghan province of
Baglan on Tuesday afternoon, local officials said.
"A group of parliamentarians were visiting a sugar factory in
Baghlan province when a suicide attacker detonated a bomb,"
Abdulrahman Sayed Khali, provincial police chief, told Xinhua.
Baghlan lies about 150 kilometers north of Kabul, the capital
city of Afghanistan.
According to parliamentary sources, 13 of the 18 deputies who
were part of the delegation had been killed or injured.
"Six parliamentarians were killed, including Mustafa Kazimi, a
well-known member of parliament and a former commerce minister,"
Many school children were among the dead because they were
welcoming parliamentarians at gate of factory, he added.
Sayed Mohammad Amin Fadimi, Minister for Public Health, told
Xinhua that about 50 people were killed and 100 to 150 others were
injured in the blast, and the number of casualties were still
expected to rise further.
A helicopter was sent from Kabul to evacuate some of the
wounded, according to local officials.
Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan, condemned the attack as
He also expressed his deepest sympathies and condolences to the
families of the victims and prayed for the full and speedy recovery
of the injured.
There were no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.
However, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, a purported Taliban spokesman, said,
"It's a really bad incident, but Taliban has nothing to do with
Conflicts and Taliban-related violence have claimed the lives of
more than 5,500 people mostly insurgents so far this year in the
war-torn Afghanistan, according to officials.
(Xinhua News Agency November 7, 2007)