Date
20 October 2017
A vehicle is seen on fire after a blast near the Afghan parliament in Kabul on Monday. A Taliban suicide bomber and several gunmen were said to be behind the attack, Photo: Reuters
A vehicle is seen on fire after a blast near the Afghan parliament in Kabul on Monday. A Taliban suicide bomber and several gunmen were said to be behind the attack, Photo: Reuters

Taliban attack Afghan parliament; at least 19 injured

The Taliban have carried out a coordinated attack Monday on the Afghan parliament in Kabul, with heavy fighting still going on in the capital city, BBC reported.

Attackers are said to have detonated a huge car bomb outside the building, before racing into the parliament itself.

Police are evacuating the premises, while trying to fight off the attackers.

Pictures on social media showed parliament full of smoke and people running for cover.

The incident happened as new Defence Minister Massoom Stanekzai was being introduced to MPs, who need to endorse him, the report said.

According to Reuters, the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber along with Taliban gunmen, and that at least 19 people were injured in the incident.

“A suicide bomber blew himself up just outside the parliament building and several fighters took positions in a building close to parliament,” Reuters cited Ebadullah Karimi, a spokesman for Kabul police, as saying.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility.

“We have launched an attack on parliament as there was an important gathering to introduce the country’s defence minister,” he was quoted as saying by phone.

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