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Female Lawmaker Defiant After Assassination Bid in Afghanistan

"Their goal is to stop us from progress ... We will not let this happen," victim's sister says.
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KABUL, Afghanistan -- Gunmen sprayed a prominent female politician's vehicle with bullets in the Afghan capital on Tuesday but the victim remained defiant.

Mariam Koofi was hospitalized with a wounded leg, according to her family. Her wounds were not considered life-threatening.

Her younger sister Fawzia Koofi, who was a one-time presidential hopeful, called the attack an “assassination attempt” and claimed it was politically motivated.

However, she insisted that neither woman would quit politics.

"Their goal is to stop us from progress, to put women down from social and political positions,” said Fawzia Koofi, who has also survived several attempts on her life. "We will not let this happen. We do this for the sake of other women."

Afghanistan's Ministry of Interior maintained that the attack was not politically motivated.

On Tuesday, gunmen kidnapped Afghanistan's deputy minister of public works. The high-ranking official was snatched from his car at gunpoint as he was being driven to work in broad daylight.

- Kiko Itasaka