At least 21 people were killed and 45 wounded in twin bombings near the Afghan parliament in Kabul on Tuesday, a security official told AFP.

“The blasts left 21 people dead and 45 others wounded, most of them civilians including parliament employees,” the official said requesting anonymously.

At least 13 people were transported to hospitals across Kabul, Wahidullah Majroh, a Ministry of Health spokesman said.

“A Toyota 4Runner full of explosives blew up near the parliament building,” said Ahamd Wali Saboori, head of police in district 7 of Kabul, adding that a second car blew up after security officials reached the area.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack.

Mujahid said the bombers targeted the Afghan spy agency’s “5th Directorate minibus and gathered hirelings in the Darul Aman area.”

In a separate incident, a suicide bomber blew himself up in Lashkargah city, the capital of embattled southern Helmand province on Tuesday, killing seven and injuring another six people in a home where a ceremony was being celebrated.

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