(UDHAYAM, KABUL) – Dozens of people have been killed in a series of militant attacks on Tuesday throughout Afghanistan.
Up to 30 people were killed and 80 wounded in twin bombings near the parliament in the capital, Kabul.
Blasts at the governor’s guesthouse in Kandahar killed at least 11 and injured 14 including the UAE ambassador.
Earlier, in Helmand province a Taliban suicide bomber targeted a guesthouse used by an intelligence official, killing at least seven people.
The Kabul blasts took place during rush hour as staffs were leaving the parliament complex.
The Taliban said they were responsible for the twin bomb attacks in the centre of the city.
“We planned this attack for quite some time and the plan was to target some senior officers of the intelligence agency,” a Taliban spokesman was reported as saying.
The attack is the latest in a series carried out by the Taliban over the past year. Most of the victims on Tuesday are said to be civilians, including parliament staff.
Reports speak of a suicide bomber striking first outside the entrance to parliament, followed by a car bomb, Tolo News reported.
President Ashraf Ghani vowed that all those behind the “criminal attacks” would be caught.