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Taliban attack Afghan parliament

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Kabul, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber and some gunmen staged a brazen attack on the Afghan today, two civilians in an assault claimed by the Taliban, while in the north a second district in two days fell to the militants.

Police said later that all the six attackers had been killed and all were safe, but the large-scale assault on and the of ground in the north underscored the challenges posed by Taliban militants following the departure of most foreign forces at the end of last year.​

The attack came as President Ashraf Ghani’s nominee for defense minister — a post that has been vacant since he took office in September amid infighting after a disputed election — was to be introduced to lawmakers.

Video footage showed dust and debris filling the chamber as the camera shook violently following the initial blast, which Afghan authorities said killed a woman and a child outside the building.

Police said that seven militants were involved in the attack and that all of them were killed.

“One detonated a car… and six others were killed by security forces after they entered a nearby building,” the Interior Ministry said.

Officials said that all the were safe, but that 31 civilians were wounded.

A correspondent for RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan said security was unusually lax around the parliament on the morning of June 22, before the attack took place.

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