A series of explosions struck the city of Jalalabad (Nangarhar province) on Monday, August 19, amid Independence Day celebrations. According to officials, at least ten explosions took place in separate locations across the city. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, which have left at least 66 people wounded, though both the Taliban and Islamic State (IS) groups are known to be active in the area.
A heightened security presence is to be expected across the city over the coming days.
Individuals in Afghanistan are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the area, liaise with their security partner, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and 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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