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All MPs faced with security threat, says deputy speaker

All MPs faced with security threat, says deputy speaker

Mar 30, 2015 - 15:43

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): All members of the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon, lower house of parliament, are face with a security threat, the deputy speaker said on Monday, citing an intelligence report.

Late on Sunday, three people were killed and eight others, including a lawmaker, wounded in a suicide bomb blast in the 8th police district of the capital Kabul.

The explosion took place in the Shah Shahid locality in front of the Zazai Youth office at around 6:00pm when people were coming out of a mosqueinfo-icon in the area.

 Gul Pacha Majidi, a Wolesi Jirga member from southeastern Paktia province, was among the injured. He was on his way to the youth office when the attack happened.

Abdul Zahir Qadeer, the first deputy speaker, informed the house: “I had warned Majidi a month back that he is on the hit list of suicide attackers.”

The parliamentarian, when replied he could not cope with the threat, was offered an armoured vehicle by the deputy speaker.

“I have a list. All MPs are faced with a security threat,” he added. Without giving details, Zahir claimed receiving similar reports from different security organs. 

On November 16, the vehicle of woman lawmaker Shukria Barakzai had come under suicide attack in Kabul. Three people were killed and 30 others including the MP wounded.

The deputy asked the relevant organs to pay special attention to the protection of legislators. “Security threats to us are seen as threats to the entire nation,” he remarked.

Hamidzai Lalai, a public representative from southern Kandahar province, vehemently condemned suicide attacks on and Majidi and called for bringing the perpetrators to justice.



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