Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt speaks about ‘appalling’ attacks on Afghan parliament – days after visit

Armed forces minister Penny Mordaunt during her visit to Afghanistan
Armed forces minister Penny Mordaunt during her visit to Afghanistan
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Portsmouth North MP and armed forces minister Penny Mordaunt has said the UK will continue to support Afghanistan following a blast which killed two people.

A woman and child died and dozens more were injured this morning when Taliban insurgents attempted to storm the Afghan parliament as MPs were voting to elect a new defence minister.

The attack in Kabul comes just days after Ms Mordaunt’s four-day whistle-stop tour of the Middle East in her new role as armed forces minister.

Ms Mordaunt revealed in exclusive diary extracts to The News that she had met the acting head of defence in the Afghan capital last week.

She said in a statement today: ‘Whilst today’s appalling attack on the Afghan parliament shows that the security situation remains challenging, the Afghans are adapting to meet the demands they face as a country and we will continue to support them in that endeavour.

‘My recent visit to the Afghan National Army Officer Academy showed what an important role the academy is playing in helping to build a peaceful and democratic Afghanistan.’

The Taliban claimed responsibility only minutes after the attack which saw a suicide car bomber blow themselves up outside the parliament gates.

Six other attackers armed with guns tried to storm the building but were forced back.

All the attackers were killed.

The Conservative MP, herself a naval reservist, spent time on board Royal Navy warships in Bahrain and at British bases in Afghanistan and Dubai.

Whilst today’s appalling attack on the Afghan Parliament shows that the security situation remains challenging, the Afghans are adapting to meet the demands they face as a country

Penny Mordaunt