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Scores Killed In Twin Bomb Attacks Near Afghan Parliament

Afghan policemen keep watch at the site of a suicide bomb attack near the parliament building in Kabul on January 10.

Two explosions have rocked the area near the parliament building in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Afghan officials were quoted as saying at least 20 people were killed in the January 10 explosions and more than 45 were wounded. Officials said the casualty figures would likely rise.

The Taliban immediately issued a statement claiming responsibility.

At least one of the explosions was a car bomb, and an Afghan official was quoted as saying it appeared to be a coordinated operation.

The initial attack apparently targeted parliament staff members. The second explosion occurred after security forces had arrived at the scene.

According to some reports, another vehicle with explosives was stopped by security forces near the area.

Also on January 10, at least seven people were killed and six injured by a suicide-bomb attack Helmand province in the south of the country, the provincial chief of police said. The attack reportedly occurred in the house of a local tribal elder.

Based on reporting by dpa, AFP, and Reuters