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Suicide attack on Afghanistan parliament, Taliban claims responsibility

India TV News Desk 22 Jun 2015, 21:13:10 IST
India TV News Desk

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* Ministry of Interior confirms a Dutch national - a woman - was kidnapped in Kabul early Monday morning.

* Ministry of Interior spokesman Sediq Sediqqi confirms seven attackers in total killed following Special Forces operation to end parliament siege

* Fire trucks, ambulances at scene of attack - security forces swarming the area around Parliament

* All gunmen have reportedly been killed. Clearing operations around Parliament now underway. Number of attackers still unclear

* Security forces are reportedly concerned about high number of civilians living in the area, hence advance cautiously on attackers

* Security forces have not yet been able to eliminate attackers holed up in a building close to parliament

* 21 civilians injured in Parliament attack - including 5 women and 3 children: Health officials

* The insurgents have also been advancing across the country's north, capturing two districts of the Kunduz province in as many days.

* Hundreds of children evacuated from a nearby school.

* Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said the attack began with a car bomb explosion near the entrance.

* Gunmen attempted to storm the compound but were pushed back by security forces and eventually took refuge in a nearby building under construction.

* All Indians are safe confirms Indian ambassador to Afghanistan, Amar Sinha.

* Afghan security officials said all lawmakers were safe.

* According to Afghanistan government, Taliban had threatened to attack on Parliament four days ago

* Nine blasts so far, Security forces corden off the area

* Four to five terrorists are suspected to be still inside the Parliament

* According to the police, first explosion took place in the car

* Six people killed

* 18 injured people taken to hospital

* New Defence Minister Masoom Stanckzai was being introduced to MP's in the parliament when the blasts took place

* Afghan President was to nominate his candidate for the crucial post of defence minister in the parliament today.

* "Several mujahideen have entered the parliament building, heavy fighting is on going," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid posted on Twitter. "The attack happened at a time when the defence minister was being introduced," he added.

* The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

* The back to back six attacks triggered chaos in the smoke-filled building as lawmakers ran for cover.

* The blasts, according to local media, occurred next to the fortified entry gate of the parliament.

* A fierce gun battle ensued between the terrorists and the security forces after the blast.

* A string of explosions outside Afghan Parliament today rocked the capital Kabul.