Monday, June 22, 2015

Explosions Rock Afghan Parliament in Kabul; Taliban Claims Responsibility

KABUL, Afghanistan - Several explosions rocked the Afghan parliament in Kabul early Monday, officials told NBC News. The blasts were followed by a heavy exchange of gunfire.

A huge explosion shook the building followed by several smaller ones that seemed to be from mortars, Senator Nisar Haress said from a bunker inside the building.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi confirmed the attack, but could not give more details as police were trying to engage the attackers.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, adding that suicide bombers had entered the parliament compound.

Television was broadcasting live from parliament when the explosion struck and lawmakers were seen leaving the building, Reuters reported

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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