Afghan Army Repels Taliban Assault on Parliament in Kabul

The Afghan Army and security forces were able to repel a morning assault against the nation’s parliament complex by Taliban soldiers on Monday which began with a truck bomb followed by an attempt by gunmen to storm the main building where lawmakers were in session.

Early reports indicate that no members of the Afghanistan Parliament were injured in the attack, though several civilian deaths and dozens of injuries associated with the violence were noted by officials at the scene.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told the Associated Press that the fighters who attempted to shoot their way into the main building were pushed back by security forces and eventually corralled into a nearby building that was under construction. Sediqqi later said all seven attackers were killed by security forces. “It is over now,” he announced.

The incident occurs in the context of a wider summer offensive by the Taliban which has recently been staging attacks and gaining ground in northern provinces and elsewhere.

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And the Guardian, as part of its coverage, offered this roundup of the events of the morning:

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