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.
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.
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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