Twin blasts in Kabul kill 38, wound 72 near parliament

Press TV- At least 38 people have been killed and 72 others injured in twin bomb attacks in a crowded area near Afghanistan’s parliament in the capital city of Kabul.

Most of the victims were civilians, an Afghan security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Tuesday.

Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the blasts.

Zabi, an injured parliament security guard, was quoted by AFP as saying that first a man set off his explosive vest “leaving a number of innocent workers killed and wounded.”

“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 added.

Mohibullah Zeer, an official at Afghanistan’s Public Health Ministry, said the blasts killed at least 38 people, injuring 72 others.

In late December 2016, an Afghan lawmaker was wounded in a bomb attack in a crowded area in Kabul.

The Taliban militants lost their grip over Afghanistan in a 2001 US-led invasion, but security has never taken hold in the country despite the presence of foreign boots on Afghan soil.

The Taliban are conducting constant bomb attacks across the country, with several international efforts to hold peace talks with the terrorist group ending in failure.

Afghan volunteers move the bodies of victims at the scene of a bomb attack that targeted crowds of minority Shia Hazaras during a demonstration in Kabul on July 23, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Nearly 10,000 US troops are still in Afghanistan under Washington’s so-called plan to assist Afghan forces to combat Taliban, al-Qaeda and Daesh Takfiri terrorists.

The Daesh terrorist group is competing with the Taliban in acts of terror. Daesh has claimed responsibility for earlier attacks on Shia events and mosques.