The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has strongly condemned a coordinated Taliban attack on Afghanistan’s Parliament on Monday which, according to initial reports, left five civilians dead and 31 others wounded.
The attack took place at about 10:20 am after a car bomber detonated explosives outside Parliament. Additional attackers then fired off rockets and RPGs on Parliament.
The attack came as the second vice president Mohammad Sarwar Danish was about to introduce the minister of defense nominee to MPs in the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) for a vote of confidence.
The siege lasted just over an hour but ended when security forces gunned down all seven assailants.
“The attack against Parliament, for which the Taliban have claimed responsibility, is a clear and deliberate affront to democracy in Afghanistan – An attack against the Afghan peoples’ democratically elected representatives,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan.
Pakistan also issued a statement shortly after the siege ended, condemning the attack.
“We commend the role of Afghan security forces in effectively countering this act of terrorism,” the statement read.
“The Government of Pakistan reiterates its condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. We reaffirm our resolve to fight terrorism in close coordination with the Government of Afghanistan. We stand with our Afghan brothers in our common struggle against terrorism.”
Source: New feed