A suicide bombing attack killed at least four security officers and wounded six others in the Paghman district, located west of the capital Kabul, on Tuesday, December 11. The blast reportedly targeted a convoy of the Afghan security forces traveling to the capital following a nightly security operation. Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault.
Furthermore, eight police officers were killed and four others injured overnight on December 10, following a Taliban attack against their position in the Arghestan district (Kandahar province; south).
Similar attacks on security forces are to be expected in Afghanistan over the coming weeks.
Taliban and Islamic State (IS) militants launch attacks on government personnel, security forces, and civilians in Afghanistan on a near-daily basis. Such assaults are in part 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 developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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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