Suspected militants launched a body-borne improvised explosive device (BBIED) attack in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood of Kabul on the afternoon (local time) of Wednesday, September 5. The attack reportedly targeted a wrestling competition attended by members of the Hazara community. On Wednesday evening, two further explosions targeting first responders were reported in the same area. According to initial reports, at least four people were killed in the bombings, with at least 18 more suffering injuries; nevertheless, the number of casualties is expected to increase in the coming hours. No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks. Additional militant attacks are possible in Kabul in the near-term.
Individuals in Kabul are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the area of the blast, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities. The security environment in Afghanistan remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas, other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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