A Defence Ministry official said a close adviser to the Afghan President and a member of parliament have been killed during an attack in the capital.

The official, Gen. Zahir Wardak, said Jan Mohammed Khan, a former governor of southern Uruzgan province and an adviser to President Hamid Karzai, was killed along with Uruzgan lawmaker Mohammed Ashim Watanwal. They were killed when two men wearing suicide vests attacked Mr Khan’s home in the western Kabul district of Karti Char.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack on behalf of the insurgent group.

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