A complex attack is ongoing near an Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) camp in the Pul-e-Mahmoud Khan area of Kabul as of 09:45 (local time) on Monday, July 1. The attack was initiated by a suspected vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) detonating near Ghazi Stadium at 08:50. Security forces have cordoned off the area and are engaging the attackers with small arms fire. Media sources have reported casualties, but no official information has been released. The situation remains fluid and details are still emerging.
No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. 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 incident, 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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