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30 killed, 80 injured in Kabul twin blasts

30 killed, 80 injured in Kabul twin blasts

At least 30 people have been killed and 80 wounded in twin bombings near the Afghan parliament in Ka­bul, officials say.
The attack took place during rush hour, as staff were leaving the parliament com­plex.
Minutes after the blasts, a Taliban spokesperson said the group carried out the attack, targeting members of the Af­ghan intelligence agency.
Most of the victims are said to be civil­ians, including parliament staff.
Reports speak of a suicide bomber on foot followed by a car bomb.
Afghan sources said a district head of the National Directorate of Security - Af­ghanistan’s main intelligence agency - was among the dead.
An MP from the western Herat province, Rahima Jami, was said to have been injured.
Waheed Majroh, an Afghan health min­istry official, told the BBC that the wound­ed were taken to Istiqlal and Emergency hospitals.
Initial reports suggest the attack is the bloodiest to strike Kabul for several months.
An injured parliament security guard named as Zabi told AFP: “The first explo­sion happened outside the parliament...a number of innocent workers were killed and wounded. It was caused by a suicide bomber on foot.”
He said the car containing a bomb “was parked on the other side of the road and flung me back when it detonated”.

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