Afghanistan: Parliament targeted by three rockets from unknown attackers

Published March 28th, 2016 - 12:30 GMT
Black smoke billows from the Afghan parliament building in Kabul on June 22, 2015. (AFP/Shah Marai)
Black smoke billows from the Afghan parliament building in Kabul on June 22, 2015. (AFP/Shah Marai)

Three rockets, fired from an unknown location, landed near the new parliament building on Monday, causing damage, an official said.

One of the rockets hit a sub-building of 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, acting security chief of the parliament said.

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.

Interior Ministry spokesman Seddiq Seddiqi confirmed the rocket strikes, saying there was no information yet about casualties. He added police were investigating the incident.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack, saying parliament officials and several security personnel were killed or wounded on a military base close to Darul Aman.

The incident came as acting interior minister Lt. Gen. Taj Mohammad Jahid and Chief of StaffLt. Gen. Qadam Shah Saqim prepared to appear before the Wolesi Jirga.

By Khwaja Basir Fitri


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