31 civilians wounded in Afghan parliament attack

22/06/2015 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): A Taliban attack outside Afghanistan’s parliament wounded 31 civilians on Monday. All seven attackers were killed in a gunfight set off when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside the parliament compound in an attempted raid. “Our hospitals have received only civilians, I am not sure on possible military causalities,” public health minister Firozuddin Feroz told Anadolu Agency.Though the interior ministry denied reports that some MPs had been wounded, some inside parliament said MPs and staff had been hurt by broken glass. “Some parts of the ceiling of the session hall collapsed following the blast and everywhere was full of smoke and dust,” Zabihullah Seerat, a parliamentary adviser, told Anadolu Agency. The Taliban’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they targeted parliament as it prepared for a vote of confidence on a new defense minister. The vote was being attended by Afghan Vice President Sarwar Danish.After detonating their bomb, the attackers entered a building near the compound and began firing at the parliament. Afghan MP Mohammad Arif Rahmani said there had been intelligence reports that Taliban would target parliament. “Unfortunately, the barbaric attack targeted Afghanistan’s democratic center,” he said…

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