KABUL: Twin Taliban blasts struck near the Afghan parliament in Kabul Tuesday, killing at least 24 people and wounding 70 in a rush-hour attack that shattered a relative lull in violence in the capital.
The bombings came just hours after a Taliban suicide bomber killed seven people in Lashkar Gah, the capital of the volatile southern province of Helmand, as the militants ramp up attacks.
The blasts in Kabul tore through employees exiting a parliament annexe, which houses the offices of lawmakers, leaving the area littered with bloodied bodies.
"A suicide bomber on foot caused the first explosion, leaving a number of innocent workers killed and wounded," Zabi, an injured parliament security guard, told AFP.
"The second one was a car bomb. The vehicle was parked on the other side of the road and flung me back when it detonated," he said.
The blasts left 24 people dead and 70 wounded, some of them in serious condition, health ministry spokesman Waheed Majroh told AFP, warning that the toll was expected to rise. â€“AFP
Story first published: 10th January 2017