BBC/An attack on one of the only women taking part in negotiations with the Taliban was a “cowardly and criminal” attempt to disrupt the Afghan peace process, the US envoy has said.

Zalmay Khalilzad said he was “relieved” that Fawzia Koofi had escaped Friday’s shooting “without serious injury”.

Ms Koofi was shot in the right arm while travelling with her sister.

The Taliban have denied they were behind the attack, which came as the two sides prepared for talks.

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