Explosion rocks west Kabul near Afghan national parliament

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An explosion on Tuesday morning hit an area in the west of the Afghan capital, Kabul, close to the country’s national parliament.

A Kabul police source told Reuters news agency that the blast rocked an area called Karta-e She.

The attack came as hundreds of local and international officials gathered on Kabul’s outskirts ahead of a ceremony to mark the final phase of a handover of security from NATO to Afghan forces.

A prominent Afghan lawmaker escaped the blast, which was suicide attack, by AFP news agency.

“The suicide attack was against Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq. It was in front of the Independent Human Rights Commission office. He is unhurt,” a senior aide who declined to be named, told AFP.

The handover of the last 95 districts from NATO to Afghan forces includes many of the most volatile areas of south and east Afghanistan where the Taliban have fought a bloody insurgency against the US-backed government since 2001.

After the handover, 100,000 NATO forces will play a supporting and training role as Afghan soldiers and police take the lead in the fight against the militants who were ousted from power after the 9/11 attacks.

(With AFP and Reuters)

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