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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 September 2005, 18:46 GMT 19:46 UK
Afghan woman candidate attacked
Several women candidates are contesting the elections
A woman standing in this month's elections in Afghanistan has survived a gun attack in the east of the country.

Safia Siddiqi was unharmed but three others were reported wounded in the attack by unidentified gunmen in Nangarhar province.

It was the latest in a series of violent incidents ahead of the parliamentary and provincial elections.

Nearly 2,800 people are contesting the 18 September ballot. Most candidates are running as independents.

Threats

"Armed men opened fire on a convoy of a woman parliamentary candidate, Safia Siddiqi, as she was campaigning in Khogiany district's Wazir area in Nangarhar province," provincial police chief, Khalillulah Ziaee, told the AFP news agency.

It is not clear who attacked her, officials say.

Many female candidates have reportedly received threats. So far five candidates have been killed and one is missing, the election commission says.

Ms Siddiqi told AFP she was contesting the election to raise the rights of women and fight corruption and violence.

One in four seats in Afghanistan's new parliament and in provincial councils are reserved for women.


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