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19 Dec 2019 | 11:59 AM UTC

Afghanistan: MIED detonation kills one civilian in Kabul December 19

Afghanistan News Alert

Magnetic improvised explosive device (MIED) kills one civilian on the outskirts of Kabul December 19; similar attacks possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/19/2019, 12:00 AM until 12/20/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kabul). COUNTRY/REGION Afghanistan

Event

A magnetic improvised explosive device (MIED) killed at least one civilian and injured two others in Kabul's outskirts on Thursday, December 19. The incident was reported at around 09:40 (local time) on the boundary between Paghman District and Kabul City. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected in Kabul over the coming hours, days.

Context

Taliban and Islamic State (IS) 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

Advice

Individuals in Kabul are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the affected area, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the 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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