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UPDATED: 21:31, January 26, 2007
Afghan parliamentary member killed in Kabul
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An Afghan parliamentary member named Mohammad Islam Mohammadi was killed by an unknown gunman in Kabul on Friday afternoon, Interior Ministry spokesman Zamarai Bashari told Xinhua.

Mohammadi, from the northern Samagan province, was on his way from home to a mosque for praying when he was attacked in district 4 of western Kabul, Bashari said. The lawmaker's bodyguard was injured in the incident, he added.

The gunman had run away, Bashari said, adding it was unknown who was behind the attack and what the motivation was.

There are about 290 members in the lower house of Afghan Parliament and some 120 members in the upper house. It was not immediately known Mohammadi was in the lower house or the upper house.

Militants have from time to time attacked Afghan parliamentary members, who enjoy huge power like vetoing or approving the cabinet ministers. A suicide bombing targeted another parliamentary member named Bachah Khan Zadran on Dec. 22 in Kabul, injuring his three bodyguards and five passers-by. Zadran was unhurt in the blast.

Source: Xinhua

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