Explosions and gunfire reported at Afghanistan’s Parliament in Kabul 


June 22, Kabul: Multiple explosions and gunfire infront of Afghanistan‘s parlimanet in Kabul have heard on Monday forcing politicians to evacuate. Police said that Taliban launched the attack outside the parliament setting off four large bombs as lawmakers were meeting inside.

Witnesses said that the parliament being evacuated, no word on casualties.

A security official told Reuters that gunfire was also heard outside the building. Live television footage showed lawmakers being evacuated amid smoke.

It is not immediately clear what has caused the blast or whether there are any casualties.

Local media report another explosion in the Dahmazang area of Kabul city.

The candidate for the Afghan defence ministry, Massoum Stanikzai was scheduled to go to Parliament on a vote of confidence today, says the BBC’s Waheed Massoud, in Kabul.

The parliamentary speaker was at the podium when the camera’s started to shake, Al Jazeera reported.  “We heard two loud explosions and people nearby heard gunfire,” Al Jazeera reporter said, adding that the politicians evacuated from the parliament.

Local news organisations reported that at least six explosions were heard in the vicinity of the parliament.

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