Deadly attack on Afghan parliament a "deliberate affront to democracy"

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Tadamichi Yamamoto. UNAMA PHOTO

A deadly co-ordinated attack on the Afghan parliament on Monday has been condemned by the United Nations.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack in which eight people, including all six gunmen, were killed and dozens injured.

A woman and child died in the incident.

Parliament was holding a vote on a new Defence Minister when a car bomb was detonated outside the compound, which was then stormed by gunmen who attempted to enter the building.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Deputy Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Tadamichi Yamamoto, strongly condemned the attack, calling it "a clear and deliberate affront to democracy" in the country.

The UN mission reiterated that all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan, including the Taliban, are bound by international humanitarian law which prohibits attacks against civilians.

This includes civilian government workers.

Meanwhile, the Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) called for greater support and protection for parliamentarians in what it described as "a difficult and often violent environment."

The IPU said militants have repeatedly targeted Afghan Members of Parliament, resulting in several assassinations or injuries in recent years.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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