A suspected suicide motorcycle vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) detonated east of the Massoud Circle in Kabul at approximately 13:00 (local time) on Tuesday, September 17. The Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) have reportedly closed roads in the area in both directions. Unconfirmed reports indicate at least seven people were killed and one injured in the attack. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. Details are emerging.
Sources indicate that secondary devices following an initial explosion have become common in Afghanistan.
Taliban 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 the situation, avoid the affected area, liaise with their security partner, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.
The security environment in Afghanistan remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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