Major casualties feared in twin blasts near Afghan parliament

Major casualties feared in twin blasts near Afghan parliament
10-Jan-17
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KABUL: Kabul was left shattered by twin bombs near the Afghan parliament on Tuesday with major casualties feared.

No group claimed responsibility for the bombings, which struck as employees were exiting the parliament complex. The attack occurred during the rush-hour and shattered the relative lull in violence in the capital

“The first explosion happened outside the parliamenta number of innocent workers were killed and wounded. It was caused by a suicide bomber on foot,” Zabi, an injured parliament security guard, told AFP.

“The second one was a car bomb. It was parked on the other side of the road and flung me back when it detonated,” he said.

Repeated bids to launch peace negotiations with the Taliban have failed, with a fierce new fighting session expected to kick off in the spring.

The bombings underlinedthe ever-growing concerns over the security in Afghanistan, where around 10,000 US troops are assisting the struggling Afghan forces to combat a resilient Taliban insurgency along with Al-Qaeda militants.


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