Bomb strikes parliament
THE Taliban attacked the Afghan parliament yesterday, with a suicide car bomber striking at the entrance and gunmen battling police as lawmakers were meeting inside to confirm the appointment of a defence minister.
An Interior Ministry spokesman said the attack began with a car bomb explosion near the entrance. Gunmen then attempted to storm the compound but were pushed back by security forces and eventually took refuge in a nearby building under construction.
The spokesman said 18 civilians were wounded including two children.