Taliban Target Afghan Parliament in Suicide Bombing

January 11, 2017

A pair of blasts disrupted the afternoon commute in Kabul, killing at least 30 and injuring 80 according to initial reports. The attack is the first major incident in Kabul this year, touching off what many expect to be another difficult year in the country.

According to Tolonews, a suicide bomber detonated himself near the entrance to the parliament compound at around 4 pm Tuesday. That explosion was followed by another — likely a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device — which seemed to target a convoy of vehicles escorting parliamentarians and other government officials home but also caught those responding to the first blast.

The BBC reports that, according to Afghan sources, among the dead is an National Directorate of Security (NDS) head and Tolonews reports that a female MP from Herat is among the injured.


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