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18 Sep 2019 | 06:14 AM UTC

Afghanistan: Taliban claims responsibility for September 17 suicide attacks /update 1

Afghanistan News Alert

Separate suicide attacks in Kabul and Parwan province on September 17 leave at least 48 people dead; Taliban claims responsibility for both attacks

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/17/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/28/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kabul). COUNTRY/REGION Kabul, Afghanistan

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Event

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for two separate suicide attacks conducted on Tuesday, September 17, that left at least 48 people dead and dozens more wounded. A suspected suicide bomber detonated a device at a security checkpoint near a campaign rally for President Ashraf Ghani in Charikar (Parwan province) on Tuesday morning (local time). President Ghani was not hurt in the attack. Hours later, a suspected suicide motorcycle vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) detonated east of the Massoud Circle in Kabul.

Sources indicate that secondary devices following an initial explosion have become common in Afghanistan.

Context

Similar attacks are likely in Kabul and other cities in the coming weeks as the country prepares for its presidential election on Saturday, September 28. The Taliban previously warned that it will target election campaign events and polling stations.

Advice

Individuals in Afghanistan, including in Kabul, are advised to monitor the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, 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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