Injured female PC member may lose legs
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Family members and colleagues of a provincial council (PC) member, Angiza Shinwari, who was injured a day earlier by a magnetic bomb attached to her car, on Wednesday asked the government to thoroughly investigate the attack.
Her driver was killed and Shinwari and five high school children were injured in the blast in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province. Police said the bomb was detonated when Shinwari was passing through the city center.
Shinwari was first admitted to a hospital in Jalalabad, but later transferred to the Sardar Muhammad Daud Khan hospital in Kabul for further treatment.
A close friend of Shinwari, Afghan Gul, who was attending her in the Kabul hospital, said she had sustained burn injuries on her body in the blast that hit pretty hard her legs. “Today is her operation, it seems she will lose her legs.”
Earlier, a doctor at the Jalalabad civil hospital had told Pajhwok Afghan News that Shinwari’s legs were hit hard in the blast and were amputated below the knees during a surgery.
Her brother Baryalai Shinwari said her sister was doing well and would undergo another surgery after her blood pressure was controlled.
“Doctors say her legs will be amputated in the latest surgery. We are waiting to see what happens.”
Baryalai said: “My sister is a public representative and has no enmity with anyone. The government should investigate the attack on her.”
Shinwari’s another family member, Naveed Shinwari, said the slain driver was her sister’s son named Fahim Shinwari.
Her colleague from Nangarhar, Zabihullah Zamarai told Pajhwok Shinwari’s treatment was going well and she had been made available all needed facilities in the hospital. He urged the people to pray for her and urged the government to probe the attack on the politician.
Nangarhar PC secretary Ajmal Omar said the 19-member body included four females and all of them were terrified by the attack on Shinwari. He said the government had promised to provide each member with one security guard, but the promise was yet to be honoured.
“We are very upset; the government should seriously investigate the attack on Shinwari. Since the Taliban have not claimed the attack, it should be investigated who were behind it.”
Nangarhar governor’s spokesman, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, said Angiza Shinwari was an active PC member and the governor’s house was shocked over the terrorist attack on her.
He said the governor had directed security organs to investigate the bomb attack and identify those responsible.
Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah had also expressed his grief over the attack on the 33-year-old Shinwari and sent his representative to the Kabul hospital to inquire after her health on his behalf.
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