Parliament compound comes under rocket attack from Taliban
One of the rockets hit a sub-building of the Indian-built parliament and two others landed close to Darul Aman at around 10am. The lower house was in session at the time of the rocket strike.
The first rocket caused some damage to the building but inflicted no casualties, the acting security chief of the parliament said after the strike. The long-range rockets were fired from a hilltop several hundred metres from the parliament building.
Col. Abdul Ghafar Ghorzang told Pajhwok Afghan News an investigation into the incident was underway and detailed information would be shared later with the media later on.
Interior Ministry spokesman Seddiq Seddiqi confirmed the rocket strike, saying there were casualties. He added police were investigating the incident.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack, saying several security personnel were killed or wounded on a military base close to Darul Aman.
The incident came as acting interior ministerLt. Gen. Taj Mohammad Jahid and Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Qadam Shah Saqim prepared to appear before the Wolesi Jirga.
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