Explosion near Afghan Parliament Rocks Kabul

Explosion near Afghan Parliament Rocks Kabul
Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:58:00

A large explosion occurred in the vicinity of Afghanistan’s parliament building Monday, followed by heavy gunfire, Al-Alam News Network reports.

Zaki Daryabi, the editor in chief of a local newspaper, said the windows of his office on nearby Darulaman Road were shattered as a result of the blast, which happened around 10:30 a.m. local time.

Intermittent gunfire followed the explosion, he said.

Saleha Sadat, a reporter who was inside the parliament when the blast occurred, said on local television that lawmakers and journalists had been evacuated by police.

A heavy gun battle was under way, she added.

The extent of any casualties was initially unclear.

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