MP among 22 killed in Samangan attack
Sat Jul 14, 12:56 pm
At least 22 people were killed including some government officials and more than 50 others were injured in a suicide attack in northern Samangan province, officials said on Saturday.
The governor of Samangan said the deadly blast took place Saturday morning when dozens of people had gathered at the wedding of the daughter of Samangan’s representative in the Parliament, Ahmad Khan Samangani.
He said MP Samangani was also among the people who were killed.
A local source who avoided revealing his name said a member of the Afghan Senate, Muhammad Hatif, was also killed in the blast.
Some of the high-ranking provincial officials of Samangan were also among the people who were killed, another report said.
In another statement by the chief of Balkh provincial council, the representative of Balkh province in the Parliament was also among injured people.
So far security officials have not confirmed the death of a senator or the injury of the Balkh MP.
MP Ahmad Khan Samangani was one of the prominent leaders of the National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan (Junbish-i-Milli Islami Afghanistan) led by Abdul Rashid Dostom.
Samangani had an important role in the fight against the Taliban during 1998 to 2001.
Samangan is in the north of country, and is considered to be one of the more secure provinces of Afghanistan. Saturday’s attack on a wedding party is the biggest attack ever to claim so many lives in Samangan.