A series of explosions have been reported in Kabul on the morning (local time) of Saturday, September 28, as citizens vote in the presidential election. At approximately 08:35, a hand grenade was thrown into the Abdul Qare Bedeil High School, which is being used as a polling station. No casualties were reported in the attack. Another blast was reported in the Karte Naow area and at the Imam Abu Hanifa Mosque later in the morning. Further attacks are anticipated in Kabul and throughout Afghanistan during the elections.
Strict security measures have been in place in Kabul since Thursday, September 26, with intensified checks on vehicles and passengers in multiple areas. According to police officials, around 72,000 security personnel have been deployed nationwide, with an additional reserve of 20,000-30,000 for the elections. Heightened security measures, particularly around polling stations, and commercial disruptions are anticipated through Saturday.
Saturday's election will be Afghanistan's fourth presidential elections since a US-led coalition removed the Taliban from power in 2001.
In a statement issued in August, the Taliban had pledged to disrupt polls, denouncing the electoral process as a sham and calling militants to block roads across the country.
Individuals in Kabul, and Afghanistan more generally, are advised to monitor the situation, avoid polling stations and any public demonstrations, anticipate a heightened security presence, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
The security environment in Afghanistan remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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