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11 Dec 2018 | 06:49 PM UTC

Afghanistan: NATO warns of Kabul car bomb threat in coming days /update 1

Afghanistan News Alert

NATO warns on December 10 of possible complex attack in Kabul involving suicide car bombs in coming days; possible targets include multinational organizations and facilities

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/10/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/25/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kabul). COUNTRY/REGION Afghanistan, Kabul

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Event

On Monday, December 10, NATO Resolute Support Mission Afghanistan (RSMA) forces warned of a "realistic possibility" of a complex attack targeting Western or multinational organizations and compounds in Kabul over the coming days. The message follows shortly after a similar warning was published by the US Embassy in Kabul. According to officials, the possible attack is likely to involve the use of suicide bombings, vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) or suicide vests, detonated in coordination with a small arms assault. Possible targets include facilities and compounds hosting Western and international organizations, hotels and popular restaurants, and universities.

Context

The US Embassy released a similar warning for an increased threat in militant attacks targeting compounds, hotels, international organizations, universities, or other facilities frequented by Westerners.

Militants in Afghanistan have successfully launched attacks against international and Western targets in the past five years. Most recently, suspected Taliban fighters launched a complex attack on Camp Anjuman on November 28, resulting in the deaths of ten people and wounding 19 others. Other attacks since 2013 include the Intercontinental Hotel, Serena Hotel, Park Palace, and American University of Afghanistan.

Advice

Individuals in Afghanistan, particularly in Kabul, are advised to remain vigilant for militant activity and adhere to instructions and advice issued by their home government.

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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