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Taliban claims twin bombings in Kabul killing at least 21

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Andrew V. Pestano
Afghan security officials block a road to Parliament after twin suicide bombings targeting the Parliament building complex in Kabul on Tuesday. At least 21 people died. Photo by Hedayatullah Amid/European Pressphoto Agency
Afghan security officials block a road to Parliament after twin suicide bombings targeting the Parliament building complex in Kabul on Tuesday. At least 21 people died. Photo by Hedayatullah Amid/European Pressphoto Agency

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The Taliban has claimed responsibility for twin bombings that killed at least 21 people and wounded 45 others near the Afghan Parliament on Tuesday.

A suicide bomber detonated during rush hour as staff were leaving the parliament complex, which is in a busy area of Kabul in which government and legal offices are found, security officials said. The suicide bombing was followed by a car bombing.

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Afghan public health ministry spokesperson Imail Kawasi said those injured were taken to local hospitals, adding that at least 21 people died. The Taliban suggested one of the attacks was targeting a minibus carrying Afghan intelligence agency staff.

Afghan media outlet 1TV reported, citing security sources, that at least 25 people died.

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