KABUL: The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for firing three rockets at the country’s parliamentary compound Monday.
Lawmakers said no one was injured and there was only minor damage from the rockets, which struck around the time top law enforcement officials were giving a security briefing to politicians.
One rocket hit an extension of the parliamentary building, causing minor damage, the second landed in the parliamentary grounds and the third landed inside an adjacent army base, according to Afghan Sen. Nisar Harres.
He added the parliamentary sessions continued uninterrupted and denied reports of parliament being evacuated.
“Three rockets were fired at the parliament but they did not hit the main building,” Safiullah Muslim, a lawmaker from Badakhshan province, told Reuters. “It happened when the session was ongoing.”
A senior security official told the news agency that three long-range rockets were fired from a hilltop several hundreds yards from the parliament building.
The parliament building was constructed with Indian aid and inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December last year