KABUL: A female member of Afghanistan's peace negotiating team and a former parliamentarian survived an assassination attempt, Afghan officials said on Saturday.
Tariq Arian, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said Fawzia Koofi was attacked late Friday afternoon near the capital of Kabul returning from a visit to the northern province of Parwan.
Koofi is part of a 21-member team charged with representing the Afghan government in upcoming peace talks with the Taliban, following a US deal with the militants that was struck in February.
The head of the Afghan peace delegation, Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, tweeted that Koofi had survived the attack and was “in good health".
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Both Taliban and Islamic State affiliates continue to carry out attacks against Afghan government figures.
Koofi is also a women's rights activist who has been a vocal Taliban critic. She and her sister Maryam Koofi stopped at a market in the Qarabagh district when gunmen attacked them.
Arian said police were launching an investigation. No further details of the assault were available, he added.
The US peace deal aims to recruit the Taliban to fight Islamic State militants in Afghanistan, a mutual enemy. The Taliban and IS are staunch rivals.
The peace deal also paved the way for US and NATO forces to begin withdrawing from Afghanistan and for the Taliban and Afghan government to begin direct talks.
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