KABUL (Press TV) – At least 24 have been killed and 70 others injured in twin bomb attacks in a crowded area near Afghanistan’s parliament in the capital city of Kabul.
Most of the victims were civilians, an Afghan security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Tuesday.
Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the blasts.
Zabi, an injured parliament security guard, was quoted by AFP as saying that first a man set off his explosive vest "leaving a number of innocent workers killed and wounded."
"The second one was a car bomb. The vehicle was parked on the other side of the road and flung me back when it detonated," he added.
The blasts left 24 people dead and 70 wounded, some of them in serious condition, Health Ministry spokesman Waheed Majroh told AFP, warning that the toll was expected to rise.
In late December 2016, an Afghan lawmaker was wounded in a bomb attack in a crowded area in Kabul.
The Taliban militants lost their grip over Afghanistan in a 2001 US-led invasion, but security has never taken hold in the country despite the presence of foreign boots on Afghan soil.
The Taliban are conducting constant bomb attacks across the country, with several international efforts to hold peace talks with the terrorist group ending in failure.
Nearly 10,000 US troops are still in Afghanistan under Washington’s so-called plan to assist Afghan forces to combat Taliban, al-Qaeda and Daesh Takfiri terrorists.
The Daesh terrorist group is competing with the Taliban in acts of terror. Daesh has claimed responsibility for earlier attacks on Shia events and mosques.