A suicide auto bomber struck at the entrance and gunmen battled police as politicians were meeting inside to confirm the appointment of a defence minister, police and witnesses said.
Taliban militants attacked the Afghan Parliament in Kabul on Monday.
“Although the insurgents have executed a number of violent attacks since the announcement of the 2015 fighting season, including the attack on parliament, the (Afghan security forces) have demonstrated their growing capability to provide security”, the spokesman said.
The scene near the Afghan parliament in Kabul, Afghanistan, June 22.
The Taliban captured Dasht-e-Archi district a day after hundreds of militants fought their way to the center of the adjacent district of Chardara.
The Taliban launched their annual spring offensive in late April with a brazen assault in Kunduz province, coming close to overrunning it, but were beaten back by Afghan forces.
KABUL, Afghanistan – Police say the Taliban launched an attack outside the Afghan parliament, setting off four large bombs as lawmakers were meeting inside.
Taliban militants attacked the Afghanistan parliament in Kabul early Monday morning, making it known that the more than a decade of turmoil is far from over.
“Suicide bombers have attacked outside the [parliamentary] building”, she said, adding that gunfire was still being heard.
When they were driven out of the building, they entered a nearby building under constructed and continued the firing for some time before they were surrounded and killed, explained the spokesman. “It is over now”, he said.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility on behalf of the organisation. Three soldiers died and six were injured, said the official, who asked not to be named since he was not authorized to speak to reporters.
In a statement, the Afghan defence ministry confirmed the report, saying that sporadic fighting continued in small pockets inside the district as Afghan forces chased out the militants. Parents could be seen racing toward the building, shouting out the names of their children.
A deal was eventually reached under which Ghani became President and Abdullah got the newly created position of chief executive.
“Targeting innocent people in the holy month of Ramadan is a clear act of hostility against the religion of Islam”.
“There are many foreign fighters with heavy machine guns”.