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Islamic State claims attack on house of Afghan lawmaker

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Militant group, Islamic State, on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on the home of Zahir Qadir, a powerful member of parliament in eastern Afghan city, Jalalabad, killing at least four, including two security guards.

The assault targeted the house of Qadir, Deputy Speaker, Afghanistan’s Lower House of parliament and a member of a prominent political family.
The family is noted for long opposition to both the Taliban and IS based largely in eastern Nangarhar province.

Officials said that the guards were killed when one attacker detonated a suicide vest and the other attacker was shot dead immediately.
In a statement on its Amaq news agency, IS said two of its fighters had attacked the house.

Qadir achieved notoriety two years ago when militia fighters loyal to him beheaded four IS militants and displayed their severed heads on the side of a road in Nangarhar.

The attackers claimed their action was in retaliation for the beheading of four militia members.

The attack occurred in the morning after armed militants stormed the house of Qadir, who is also a member of Afghanistan’s Lower House of parliament.

“The initial information found the attackers shot dead two security guards before one assailant detonated his explosive jacket near the building,” a security official said.

It was not immediately known whether Qadir was at the building when the attack took place.
Security personnel have cordoned off the area for precautionary measures and several police vehicles and ambulances rushed to the site.


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