Taliban disputes US claim that their fighters were killed, alleging civilian deaths.
“Unless we do that, we will continue to suffer.”
Almost all of the country’s television stations abandoned normal programming to broadcast recitations from the Quran, as well as religious music and analysis of Tuesday’s attack.
He said: “The president had suggested that the death toll was 35 as a result of the bombings in Baghlan.”
“Since then, another report has emerged suggesting that the death toll could be as high as 41.”
According to Zemarai Bashary, the interior ministry spokesman, the head of the counterterrorism and criminal investigation branches were investigating in the town of Pul-i-Khumri, where the blast tore through the delegation of parliamentarians.
|Mustafa Kazemi was among the members
of parliament killed in Tuesday’s blast [AFP]
The Taliban, despite government accusations, has continued to deny any involvement in such attacks.
MacDonald said that the group had gone as far as to condemn the attacks.
There have been about 120 suicide attacks in Afghanistan this year, most of them blamed on the Taliban.
In the area of Baghlan, there are tensions between the mainly ethnic Tajik leadership in the region and remnants of the Hezb-i-Islami group, whose leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, an ethnic Pashtun, is sympathetic to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda but denies any organisational links.