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Bomb strikes parliament

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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.

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