A suicide bomber killed more than 50 people in northern Afghanistan today, Reuters reports, including five lawmakers, in the worst bombing in the nation’s history. A huge crowd of residents and school children had gathered to greet a delegation of members of parliament, the bomb's apparent target, visiting a sugar factory. The town’s intelligence chief said casualties from the explosion were so high an accurate count was impossible.
Among lawmakers killed was opposition spokesman Mostafa Kazemi; a prominent woman parliamentarian was wounded. “I saw bodies lying in the streets and some of the people were stealing the weapons of the dead soldiers. Children are screaming for help. It's like a nightmare,” said one resident. Taliban suicide bombers have killed 200 this year, but have largely avoided northern Afghanistan.