AFGHAN PARLIAMENT TARGETED BY THE TALIBAN
A coordinated Taliban attack on the Afghan parliament in Kabul, on 06/22/2015. has ended with all 6 gunmen killed, the interior ministry says.
Attackers detonated a huge car bomb outside the gates, stormed the compound, then entered a building next to the chamber. Police evacuated the premises, while trying to fight the gunmen off. The spokesman for the interior ministry, Sediq Seddiqi, said the gunmen had attempted to storm the parliament building itself after the gates were breached by the suicide bomb ( see also – Kabul Police HQ 12.24.12 ).
The Taliban say they carried out the attack to coincide with a vote to endorse a new defence minister.
At least 18 people are reported to have been wounded. Mr Seddiqi said no MP had been injured.
The Taliban, recently contesting the local branch of the Islamic State, were extracting maximum propaganda advantage by doing it on the day that parliament was meeting to consider the appointment of new Defence Minister Massoom Stanekzai 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 made substantial gains recently in Helmand Province in the south-west, and have been advancing across the north of the country, capturing two districts of the Northern Kunduz province in recent days.
Militant violence has increased across the country since the departure of most NATO-ISAF forces last year.
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