A bomb blast wounded at least four policemen in Lower Dir (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province) on Wednesday, September 4. The bomb reportedly struck a patrol van and was detonated via remote control; no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
Similar attacks are possible in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the near term.
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Al-Qai'da, Islamic State (IS) affiliates, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Afghan Taliban, and other Islamist militant groups continue to pose a threat throughout the country despite continued army offensives to push them from their northwestern strongholds near the Afghan border. Pakistan has suffered numerous deadly attacks in recent months, notably in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces.
Individuals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and in Pakistan more generally, are advised to remain vigilant at all times and report any suspicious objects or behavior to the relevant authorities. Due to a high threat from terrorism, as well as kidnapping and sectarian violence, some Western governments advise their citizens to reconsider travel to the country as foreign nationals, and Westerners in particular, may be directly targeted.
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