Taliban attack Afghan parliament

Published: Monday 22nd June 2015 by The News Editor

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The Taliban attacked the Afghan parliament today, setting off at least one large bomb and sparking a gun battle with security forces, police and witnesses said.

An Associated Press reporter heard heavy gunfire outside the building in the capital, Kabul, and saw black smoke billowing from the entrance as ambulances raced to the scene.

Police officer Mohammad Asif said there were four large explosions. Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said there was one explosion, and the Taliban in a statement said they had carried out a suicide bombing.

It was unclear if the other explosions were caused by bombs or grenades.

Taliban insurgents have launched complex attacks on government targets in the capital in the past.

The insurgents have also been advancing across the country’s north, capturing two districts of Kunduz province in as many days.

Mohammad Yusuf Ayubi, head of the provincial council, said the insurgents attacked the district of Dashti Archi from four sides, setting off heavy fighting before seizing full control of the area early today. He said local forces suffered casualties but did not have a precise number.

He said around 150,000 residents of the district were unable to leave.

The Taliban confirmed in a statement that they had captured the district, as well as ammunition and four tanks.

The Taliban seized control of Chardara district in Kunduz yesterday. The insurgents attacked the provincial capital, also called Kunduz, in a surprise attack in April and nearly captured the city before Afghan forces pushed them back.

Afghan forces have struggled to fend off Taliban advances since the US and Nato combat mission officially concluded at the end of last year.

Published: Monday 22nd June 2015 by The News Editor

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