Explosions hit Afghan parliament compound, no injuries

Taliban militants fire explosives at Afghanistan's parliament compound, no casualties or injuries reported

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Afghanistan's new parliament building is seen after rockets hit its compound in Kabul, Afghanistan March 28, 2016.

Rockets fired by Taliban militants struck the compound of Afghanistan's new parliament on Monday as the country's top intelligence official and caretaker minister of interior prepared to address the assembly.

Lawmakers said no one was reported wounded, contradicting Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid who said the militants' attack had caused heavy casualties.

"Three rockets were fired at the parliament but they did not hit the main building," said Safiullah Muslim, a lawmaker from Badakhshan province. "It happened when the session was ongoing."

A senior security official said three long-range rockets were fired from a hilltop several hundreds metres from the parliament building.

The Taliban released an emailed statement along with several photographs of the attack which appeared to show smoke rising from near the parliament in a western neighborhood of the capital Kabul.

In another photo, a small hole, and a damaged wall, apparently caused by the rockets could be seen.

"There was a clear negligence of duty and I am going to task security officials to provide tight security in and around the parliament," Taj Mohammad Jahid, the caretaker Minister of Interior told lawmakers. 

On Friday, another explosion at an apartment complex close to the US embassy and other diplomatic missions in Kabul have wounded a policeman.

TRTWorld, Reuters