A Taliban suicide bomber and several gunmen attacked the Afghan parliament building, according to Reuters. The attack shattered windows and forced MPs to flee the building, it said. Afghan security officials said all the politicians were safe.

“A suicide bomber blew himself up just outside the parliament building and several fighters took positions in a building close to parliament,” Ebadullah Karimi, spokesman for Kabul police, told Reuters.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility. “We have launched an attack on parliament as there was an important gathering to introduce the country’s defence minister,” he said by phone. Reuters points out that the attack came after a second district in two days fell to the Taliban in the north. (