Attack on Afghan symbolic centre of power

Taliban claim responsibility for the Afghan parliament attack that has happened today. Six gunmen tried to attack the building while another Taliban fighter detonated a bomb outside the parliament. According to Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry all attackers have been killed and more than 30 people, all civilians, have been injured as a result of the attacks. The parliament was in session and Sidiqa Mubarez, a member of parliament, point out that the attacks coincide with the confirmation of Masoom Stanekzai as defense minister, a post that has been vacant for nine months. In addition, the attacks raise questions about security as Afghan forces battle Taliban for the first time without NATO’s aid.

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