Afghan Taliban militants fire rockets at new parliament building

Afghan Taliban fired four rockets at the newly constructed parliament building in Kabul. The building was inaugurated three months ago to house the Afghan assembly. One of the rockets impacted the building, two others landed in surrounding areas while one of them landed in an army base nearby, eyewitnesses were quoted as saying. There were no reported casualties but Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed that there were heavy casualties. This attack was preceded by a bomb blast planted in a bike. At the time of the attack a briefing was underway by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) about the security situation around the country.

In recent weeks Afghan Taliban have increased attacks against government not only in capital but also in Southern and Northern provinces. Afghan government has tried to bring Taliban to the negotiating table through the Quadrilateral initiative that also include Pakistan, USA and China. Exclusion of India has created fears that they will try to derail the initiative through planned chaos. Iran and Russia are also excluded from the talks which creates doubts about their success as both of them are key players in the Afghan issue as regional powers.

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