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Taliban attacks Kabul parliament

The Taliban launched a complex attack on the Afghan parliament today.

A suicide car bomber struck at the entrance and gunmen battled police as politicians were meeting inside to confirm the appointment of a defence minister, police and witnesses said.

A government spokesman said the attack began with a car bomb near the entrance. Gunmen then tried to storm the compound in, Kabul, but were pushed back by security forces and took refuge in a nearby building which police surrounded.