A suicide bombing attack killed at least seven people and wounded five others near the Pul-e-Charki prison in Kabul on Wednesday, October 31. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which struck a vehicle carrying prison staff, but the Islamic State (IS) group frequently carries out similar attacks in the capital and is suspected of carrying out the assault. Similar attacks are possible in Kabul over the near term.
IS and Taliban militants launch attacks on government personnel, security forces, and civilians in Afghanistan on a near-daily basis. Such assaults are likely intended to undermine the perceived capacity of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), and the Afghan government more broadly, to adequately provide security in the wake of the withdrawal of most US-led NATO forces from the country and in the aftermath of parliamentary and district elections held October 20.
Individuals in Kabul are advised to monitor the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, 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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