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Taliban attack Af parliament, MPs safe

Posted by :) on June 23, 2015

Jun 23 2015 : The Times of India (Bangalore)
Taliban attack Af parliament, MPs safe
All 6 Jihadis & 2 Civilians Killed; Indians Not Harmed
In an attack eerily similar to the one on the Indian Parlia ment in 2001, Taliban militants on Monday tried to storm Afghanistan’s parliament building in Kabul, killing two and injuring over 30 civilians, and further heightening worry over the worsening security situation in the country .India’s ambassador to Afghanistan Amar Singh confirmed to TOI that no Indian had been injured and that the attack did not seem aimed at Indian interests.

All six gunmen who detonated explosives and fired rockets at the parliament complex were reported killed by Afghan security forces.

PM Narendra Modi described the attack as despicable and cowardly . “The attack on he Afghanistan parliament is a despicable and cowardly act.There is no place for such at acks in a democracy ,“ Modi weeted. “My prayers are with hose injured. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Afghanistan in this hour,“ he said in another tweet.

According to reports, all MPs were safely evacuated af er the attack, which came as he Afghan president’s nominee for the post of defence min ster was to be introduced in parliament. Afghanistan has not had a confirmed defence minister since the Ashraf Ghani government took over in September last year. The fact that the attack took place late morning, around 10.30am, suggested that the insurgents were looking at a high-value target.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility . “We have launched an attack on parliament as there was an important gathering to introduce the country’s defence minister,“ he said while the attack was still on.

Reuters quoted Afghan police spokesperson Ebadullah Karimi as saying that the attack started with a Taliban fighter detonating a car loaded with explosives outside the parliament gates. How the driver managed to evade several security checkpoints is being investigated by Afghan authorities.He said all lawmakers were safe. TV pictures showed the speaker sitting calmly and legislators leaving the building, engulfed in dust and smoke, without panicking.

The attack comes close on the heels of Taliban’s takeover of two important districts, Chardara and Dasht-e-Archi, in Kunduz province, raising questions about the ability of Afghan forces to handle militants. Last month, car bombs were used to attack the ministry of justice, and insurgents stormed two guesthouses.

A senior Indian official said the attack was “part of the growing trend of violence across Afghanistan, which had picked up in the summer“. On a daily basis, “report is coming in of Taliban progress,“ he said. “Ever since Nato troops pulled out and the US reduced its air strikes, there has been a steady rise in violence levels.“


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