At least 21 killed, 45 wounded in twin blasts near Afghan parliament

At least 21 people were killed and 45 wounded in twin bombings near the Afghan parliament in Kabul on Tuesday, a security official told AFP.

“The blasts left 21 people dead and 45 others wounded, most of them civilians including parliament employees,” the official told AFP, requesting anonymously.

Major casualties feared in the rush-hour attack that shattered a relative lull in violence in the capital.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombings, which struck as employees were exiting the parliament complex.

“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,” Zabi, an injured parliament security guard, told AFP.

“The second one was a car bomb. It was parked on the other side of the road and flung me back when it detonated,” he said.