Taliban launches fatal attack on Afghan parliament

NINE people, including a child, have been killed after Taliban militants launched an assault on the Afghan parliament, triggering gunfire and explosions and sending politicians scurrying for cover.

Monday’s attack came as the Afghan president’s nominee for the crucial post of defence minister was to be introduced in parliament and ended two hours later when all seven attackers, including a suicide car bomber, were dead.

Two civilians, a woman and a child, were killed in the attack, according to police and the United Nations.