Several actors, crew injured

LONDON — A bomb explosion severely injuring several actors and crew members has halted production in Afghanistan of “Two Legged Horse,” the latest film by Iranian helmer Samira Makhmalbaf.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bomb, but security forces are treating it as an attempt of the lives of the Makhmalbaf family, who have been the target of four previous attacks.

“Two Legged Horse” is directed by Samira Makhmalbaf, a two-time winner of the Cannes Jury Prize, and written by her father Mohsen, also an award-winning director in his own right. It’s a co-production between Makhmalbaf Film House and French outfit Wild Bunch.

The bomber struck March 27 during filming of a scene in Sarepol City, Afghanistan. Both the explosion and the bomber himself were caught on film. He launched his attack from a rooftop, having gained access to the set as an extra.

A horse was killed, and six actors injured, along with crew members and extras.

Security forces reportedly do not believe the attack was the responsibility of the Taleban or Al-Queda, but rather the latest in a string of assaults upon the Makhmalbafs.

Mohsen Makhmalbaf was the target of two unsuccessful murder attempts when he shot “Kandahar” in Iran near the Afghan border in 2000, and his other daughter Hana was twice the victim of a failed abduction attempt during the shooting of Samira’s last film “At Five in the Afternoon” in the Afghan capital Kabul in 2002.

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