Taliban carry out bomb attack on Afghan parliament

Four bombs have been set off outside the Afghan parliament in Kabul with the police saying the Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Taliban claim responsibility for Afghan parliament attack

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack on the Afghan parliament.

Smoke rises from the site of the attack. Credit: Reuters

"Several mujahideen have entered the parliament building, heavy fighting is on going," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid posted on Twitter.

The attack happened when the defence minister was being introduced to the Afghan parliament, he added.

There is still no confirmation of any casualties.

Explosion and gunfire heard outside Afghan parliament

A loud explosion followed by gunfire has been heard outside the Afghan parliament in Kabul, witnesses have said.

Explosions and gunfire have been heard outside the Afghan parliament. Credit: ITV News

Social media reports suggested the parliament was "under siege" and that multiple explosions had been heard.

Police confirmed that four bombs had been set off outside the parliament building and that the Taliban had claimed responsibility.

Television footage showed politicians being evacuated from the building during the attack, while pictures posted to Twitter showed smoke rising near the area.

It is not immediately clear whether there are any casualties.

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