21 injured in Taliban attack on Afghanistan Parliament; no Indian hurt

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Afghanistan1Several attackers swooped down on Afghanistan Parliament building in Kabul. At least nine explosions have been heard so far. According to initial reports, Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

According to a spokesperson of the Health Ministry, Mohammad Ismail Kahousi, seven Taliban fighters were killed and 21 civilians, including four women,  were wounded.

Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi said, security forces have been deployed at Parliament. He said all the MPs inside the Parliament were safe. The attack began when a car exploded at the entrance of the Parliament.

The security forces pushed back the fighters who tried to storm the Parliament premises, and had to take shelter in a nearby under-construction building. The structure has been surrounded by the police, said Sediqqi

The attack took place when the Afghan President’s nominee for the post of Defence Minister was to be introduced, said the Interior Ministry.

“Several attackers have entered Parliament; fighting is on going,” Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid, posted on Twitter.

Security forces have moved MPs and journalists to safer locations. Some MPs have suffered minor injuries. TV was broadcasting live  from Parliament at the time of the attack.

Officials couldn’t confirm whether Taliban had breached the high-security Parliament building and there were no immediate reports on casualties.

The terrorists recently rebuffed requests from Afghan clerics to halt attacks during Ramadan.

The withdrawal of NATO forces and a decrease in US air strikes have allowed Taliban to launch several major attacks in Afghan provinces.

Meanwhile, Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Amar Sinha, confirmed that were no reports of any Indians being injured in Taliban’s attack on the Parliament, in Kabul.

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