Kabul: So far 23 casualties have been reported along with 20 injured from the Afghan capital as two blasts near the parliament offices jolted the entire city.

The Afghan Taliban doesn’t take time to claim responsibility for the blasts.

The attack targeted a minibus carrying staff from the NDS, Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency, and as many as 70 people were killed or wounded, the insurgents said.

There was no immediate confirmation of casualty numbers from the police.

The attack, which ended a period of relative calm in the Afghan capital, occurred in a crowded area during the afternoon rush hour as workers were returning home.

Officials said a suicide bomber blew himself up in the Darul Aman area of the city near the new Indian-financed parliament building and was followed immediately by a car bomber in an apparently coordinated operation.

Earlier on Tuesday, a suicide bomber killed seven people and wounded nine when he detonated his explosives in a house in the southern province of Helmand used by an NDS unit.