Taliban attack on Afghan parliament in Kabul ends – BBC News

A co-ordinated Taliban attack on the Afghan parliament in Kabul has ended with all six gunmen killed, the interior ministry says.

Attackers detonated a huge car bomb outside the gates, before racing into a building next to the chamber.

Police evacuated the premises, while trying to fight the gunmen off.

The Taliban say they carried out the attack to coincide with a vote to endorse a new defence minister, Massoom Stanekzai.

A gun battle raged for about two hours.

At least 18 people are reported to have been wounded. An interior ministry spokesman said no MP had been injured.

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

One MP took photos of the attack from inside parliament

The parliamentary chamber could be seen full of smoke

MPs were escorted out of the building

The gun battle ended after about two hours

Television was broadcasting live from the parliament building when the attackers struck. MPs were seen fleeing the building.

The attackers managed to get in a building under construction next to the chamber, despite the heavy security in the area, and opened fire on parliament itself.

Even by Afghan standards, these were very dramatic scenes, and police had a complex operation on their hands, says the BBC’s David Loyn in Kabul.

The country has been without a full-time defence minister for several months, and the attack is sending a clear message to the government by putting out Monday’s parliamentary proceedings, our correspondent says.

Local media reported another explosion in the Dahmazang area of Kabul city.

The Taliban have launched complex attacks on government buildings in the capital in the past.

They have been advancing across the north of the country, capturing two districts of the Kunduz province in recent days.

Militant violence has increased across the country since the departure of most US and Nato forces last year.


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