2 dead in attack on Afghan parliament

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a woman and a ten-year-old girl are dead after today’s Taliban attack at the entrance to the Afghan parliament.

A suicide bomber struck first, and gunmen then tried to storm the heavily-guarded compound. They were pushed back by security forces, and officials say all seven of the attackers were killed by police.

A spokesman for Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry says no members of the parliament were hurt, but that the woman and child were killed. A Health Ministry spokesman says 31 civilians were wounded.

The attack came as lawmakers met to vote on the appointment of a new defense minister. The vote was delayed by the attack.

It came as even as the Taliban captured two districts in as many days in the country’s north, displaying their ability to operate on multiple fronts.

A State Department spokesman says the attack “demonstrates the gulf between the Taliban and the people of Afghanistan.”

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121-r-25-(Sound of blast, at Afghan parliament)–Sound of explosion and panic as the Taliban set off at least one large bomb at the Afghan parliament. COURTESY: Afghan Ariana TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (22 Jun 2015)

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027-c-06-(Joseph Krauss, AP correspondent)-“coming from it”-AP correspondent Joseph Krauss reports first responders raced to the scene of the Taliban attack. (22 Jun 2015)

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APPHOTO MAH103: Fire and smokes rise at the site of a suicide attack during clashes with Taliban fighters in front of the Parliament, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, June 22, 2015. The Taliban launched a complex attack on the Afghan parliament Monday, with a suicide car bomber striking at the entrance and gunmen battling police as lawmakers were meeting inside to confirm the appointment of a defense minister, police and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini) (22 Jun 2015)

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APPHOTO XRG130: Afghan security forces gather at the site of an attack by Taliban fighters outside the parliament in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, June 22, 2015. A Taliban suicide bomber struck the entrance to the Afghan parliament, and gunmen tried to storm the heavily guarded compound, setting off a gunbattle with police that left a few people dead as lawmakers were meeting inside to vote on the appointment of a new defense minister. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) (22 Jun 2015)

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