At least four people were killed after a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) detonated in the PD9 area of eastern Kabul on Friday, May 31. The attack occurred at approximately 08:30 (local time) and reportedly targeted a foreign military convoy. A number of civilians were also reportedly wounded in the blast. A heightened security presence is expected in the area.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing. At least six people were killed in a suicide bombing attack at the entrance of Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul on Thursday, May 30.
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.
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 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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