Attack on Afghanistan Parliament a despicable, cowardly act: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday condemned the attack on the Afghanistan parliament and termed it as a despicable and cowardly act.Updated: Jun 23, 2015 10:09 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday condemned the attack on the Afghanistan parliament and termed it as a despicable and cowardly act.
"The attack on the Afghanistan Parliament is a despicable and cowardly act. There is no place for such attacks in a democracy," he tweeted. "My prayers are with those injured. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Afghanistan in this hour," he posted on the microblogging website.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, has claimed responsibility for the attack on Afghan Parliament on Twitter.
According to Tolo News, Kabul Police Chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi confirmed that a car detonated outside the Parliament earlier today followed by a series of explosions that resulted in immediate evacuation of MPs and journalists from the Parliament.
The attack took place as the new defence minister Massoom Stanekzai was being introduced to MPs.
At least nine explosions were heard within a span of half-an-hour along with sporadic gunfire.
Security forces were deployed in the area to try to bring the situation under control, said the Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.
First Published: Jun 23, 2015 00:48 IST