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20 Apr 2019 | 09:53 AM UTC

Afghanistan: Complex attack ongoing in Kabul April 20 /update 1

Afghanistan News Alert

Security forces engage multiple gunmen at the Ministry of Communication building in Kabul on April 20; details still emerging

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/20/2019, 12:00 AM until 4/20/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kabul). COUNTRY/REGION Kabul

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Event

Multiple attackers are reportedly engaging Afghan security forces at the Ministry of Communication building in the PD2 area of Kabul as of 13:00 (local time) on Saturday, April 20. An explosion was reported in area around 11:35, followed by reports of gunfire. The surrounding buildings have reportedly been evacuated and the area has been cordoned off. Details are still emerging.

Context

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.

Advice

Individuals in Kabul are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the areas of the blast, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities or 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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