21 killed, 45 hurt in twin Taliban blasts near Afghan Parliament

Kabul
10 Jan 2017

Twin Taliban blasts struck near the Afghan Parliament in Kabul today, killing at least 21 people and wounding 45 others in the rush-hour attack that shattered a relative lull in violence in the capital.

Taliban insurgents immediately claimed responsibility for the bombings, which struck as employees were exiting the Parliament complex. "The first explosion happened outside the Parliament... a number of innocent workers were killed and wounded. It was caused by a suicide bomber on foot," Zabi, an injured parliament security guard, told news agency AFP. "The second one was a car bomb. It was parked on the other side of the road and flung me back when it detonated," he said.

The blasts left 21 people dead and 45 others wounded, most of them civilians including parliament employees, a security official told AFP, requesting anonymity. Another security official said the explosions had left "dozens of people dead".

Around 70 wounded people had been rushed to hospitals, a health ministry spokesman said. The blasts went off near a parliament annexe, which houses offices of some lawmakers.