The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack on an MP’s house in Kabul that killed five people on Wednesday. Malim Mer Wali is the MP for Helmand and militants targeted the meeting with ‘key security members’ that he was hosting at the time. Two attackers reportedly held people hostage for 10 hours, before the pair were killed by Afghan security forces. It is believed two of Mr  Mer Wali’s grandchildren are among the dead.

From the BBC

Afghanistan Taliban: Five dead in attack on MP’s house

Taliban militants in Afghanistan say they are responsible for attacking the house of a member of parliament in Kabul, killing at least five people.

The attack took place in the compound of the Helmand MP, Mir Wali. He is believed to have survived but two of his grandchildren are reported to have been killed.

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From Voice of America –

Taliban Militants Storm Afghan MP’s House in Kabul

Taliban gunmen wearing suicide vests stormed the house of an Afghan lawmaker in Kabul, killing at least five people, according to local media and insurgent sources.

The assailants are reported to have taken an unspecified number of people hostage and the siege continues. Afghan Special Forces have reached the site and engaged the militants, sparking an intense gunfight.

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From the Long War Journal

Taliban assaults member of parliament’s home in Kabul

Afghan officials claimed that eight people were killed in the fighting. According to a statement by Afghan President Arshaf Ghani, “two members of his [MP Wali’s] family, a number of his bodyguards and the son of another MP from Uruzgan, Obaidullah Barakzai” were killed during the Taliban siege.

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