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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 June 2018

Two people killed in ISIL-claimed suicide attack on Afghan MP's house

Zahir Qader, the deputy speaker of parliament and member of a prominent political family long opposed to both the Taliban and ISIL, survived

Afghan security forces stand outside the home of MP Zahir Qader, where two people were killed in a suicide attack, in Jalalabad on August 30, 2017. Parwiz / Reuters
Afghan security forces stand outside the home of MP Zahir Qader, where two people were killed in a suicide attack, in Jalalabad on August 30, 2017. Parwiz / Reuters

At least two security guards were killed when two suicide bombers launched a co-ordinated attack on the home of a powerful member of the Afghan parliament on Wednesday, in an attack claimed by ISIL.

Both attackers detonated suicide vests full of explosive outside of Zahir Qader's house in the eastern city of Jalalabad, Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, was quoted as saying by Associated Press.

One guard was wounded in the attack, he added.

Other officials, however, told Reuters that the two guards were killed when one attacker detonated a suicide vest, and that the other attacker was shot dead immediately.

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ISIL, which is based largely in Nangarhar province, claimed responsibility for the attack shortly after.

Mr Qader is the deputy speaker of parliament and member of a prominent political family long opposed to both the Taliban and ISIL.

He achieved notoriety two years ago when militia fighters loyal to him beheaded four ISIL militants and displayed their severed heads on the side of a road in Nangarhar in retaliation for the beheading of four militia members.