Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul
An influential Afghan MP and more than a dozen of his guests at a family wedding have been killed after a suicide bomber infiltrated the party in the north of the war-torn country, the third assassination of a senior official in two days.
Ahmad Khan Samangani, an ethnic Uzbek MP, was attending the wedding of his daughter and his nephew in Aybak, the capital of the northern province of Samangani, when the blast happened.
The MP, who had survived a previous attempt on his life five years ago, rose to prominence during the fight against Soviet forces and then the country’s bitter civil war. After the fall of the Taliban, he moved into government as an MP in 2005.
“This morning at 7.30 Ahmad Khan Samangani was at a wedding ceremony for his daughter and his nephew,” said Khalilluah Andarabi, provincial police chief in Samangan.