At least 13 Afghan security personnel were killed and several others wounded after Taliban fighters raided multiple security checkpoints in Dasht-e Archi district (Kunduz province) early (local time) Wednesday, January 29. According to local officials, the militants took three others captive and seized weapons. Government forces have reportedly regained control over the checkpoints.
Similar attacks are possible in Kunduz province over the near term.
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 and to gain leverage amid ongoing peace negotiations.
Individuals in Kunduz province are advised to monitor developments, 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. Although travel is possible in some areas, other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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