Fire and smokes rise at the site of a suicide attack during clashes with Taliban fighters in front of the Parliament, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, June 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
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Two people, including a child, died when Taliban militants launched an assault on the Afghan parliament Monday, triggering gunfire and explosions and sending lawmakers scurrying for cover in chaotic scenes relayed live on television.The attack came as the Afghan president's nominee for the crucial post of defense minister was to be introduced in parliament and ended two hours later when all seven attackers, including a suicide car bomber, were dead.The assault on such a high-profile target in downtown Kabul raises fresh questions about security as Afghan forces battle a resurgent Taliban for the first time without the aid of NATO forces, who ended their combat mission in December.The Taliban launched a countrywide offensive in late April, stepping up attacks on government and foreign targets in what is expected to be the bloodiest fighting season in a decade.The Taliban, toppled from power in the 2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, swiftly claimed responsibility for the latest attack.
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