Taliban-claimed attacks kill more than 40 people in Afghanistan


A series of militant attacks in Afghanistan have killed more than 40 people and injured several others.

Two explosions occurred on Tuesday near the Afghan Parliament in Kabul, killing up to 30 people and injuring 80.

A minibus carrying parliament staff members was attacked by a suicide bomber, moments before parliament security forces were killed by a car bomb, Reuters reported.

Another blast at the Governor's guest house in Kandahar killed at least 11 people and injured 14, including the UAE ambassador, BBC News reported.

Another suicide bomber reportedly killed at least seven people in Helmand province, in an attack believed to be targeting an intelligence officer. 

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attacks across the country.

"The Taliban shamelessly claim credit for the attack on civilians and they're proud of it."

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani was quoted by media sources as saying: "The Taliban shamelessly claim credit for the attack on civilians and they're proud of it.”

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid was quoted by Reuters as saying: "‎We planned this attack for quite some time and the plan was target some senior officers of the intelligence agency. We sent one suicide bomber to target a minibus that was carrying these officers.

"We did exactly what we planned."

According to figures released by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan in July, 1,601 civilians had been killed during the first half of 2016.