October 24, 2016

Rockets Fired At New Afghan Parliament Building In Kabul

Smoke was seen coming out from the Parliament complex.

KABUL: Afghanistan’s Parliament came under attack on Monday with unidentified militants firing a rocket at the building in Kabul.

A huge explosion rocked the building and smoke was seen coming out from the new Parliament complex, the construction for which is still on.

No Indians on site were hurt in the attack, reports said.

The blast took place when senior security officials were on way towards the building to brief lawmakers, Khaama Press reported.

“Some three rockets landed near new parliament building around 10.15 a.m. (local time). At least one rocket struck the building’s yard, sending up a black smoke in the air,” Xinhua news agency quoted an eye witness as saying.

“We still cannot provide details on casualties. But the initial investigation found no one was injured as a result of the attack inside the parliament compound,” a security source said.

More details would be provided as an investigation was launched into the attack, the source added.

The members of the Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of parliament, were holding a meeting when the attack took place.

The Parliament building, built with Indian aid, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December last year.

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