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Live: Seven Taliban gunmen killed by security forces in Afghan Parliament, say officials

Police say the Taliban have launched an attack outside the Afghan parliament, setting off four large bombs as lawmakers were meeting inside.

Sarakshi Rai June 22, 2015 15:27:34 IST
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Live: Seven Taliban gunmen killed by security forces in Afghan Parliament, say officials

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June 22, 2015 - 16:11 (IST)

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PM Modi has tweeted his support to the people of Afghanistan after the horrific attack on their Parliament by the Taliban.

June 22, 2015 - 16:00 (IST)

June 22, 2015 - 14:53 (IST)

Sad news, TOLO News in Afghanistan is reporting casulties from today's attack.

June 22, 2015 - 14:12 (IST)

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The assault on such a high-profile target in downtown Kabul raises fresh questions about security as Afghan forces battle a resurgent Taliban for the first time without the aid of NATO forces, who ended their combat mission in December.  

The Taliban launched a countrywide offensive in late April, stepping up attacks on government and foreign targets in what is expected to be the bloodiest fighting season in a decade.  

The militants recently rebuffed requests from senior Afghan clerics to halt attacks during the fasting month of Ramadan even as a surge in violence has sent civilian casualties soaring.

-AFP

June 22, 2015 - 13:54 (IST)

The Ministry of Information has just confirmed that a Dutch national was abducted earlier on Monday morning. 

June 22, 2015 - 13:50 (IST)

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Ebadullah Karimi, the Kabul police spokesman was quoted by Reuters saying, "one Taliban fighter driving a car detonated a bomb outside parliament gates and six others took up positions near the building. Afghan forces killed six of them and all lawmakers were safe."

June 22, 2015 - 13:45 (IST)

Sediq Seddique, Interior Ministery spokesperson confirms 6 attackers have been neutralised.

"We have searched the area and it has been cleared and fortunately no MP has been wounded. Obviously this is a failure but our forces responded quickly."

Police say the Taliban have launched an attack outside the Afghan parliament, setting off four large bombs as lawmakers were meeting inside.

Live Seven Taliban gunmen killed by security forces in Afghan Parliament say officials

Police officer Mohammad Asif said gunfire had broken out at the scene on Monday and that there was no immediate word on casualties. Taliban insurgents have launched complex attacks on government targets in the past.

The Taliban captured a second district in the northern Kunduz province early Monday after heavy fighting with local security forces.

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. He said local forces suffered casualties but did not have a precise count.

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

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

The Taliban seized control of the Chardara district in Kunduz on Sunday. 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.

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