On the morning (local time) of Wednesday, April 1, at least eight civilians were killed and two others were wounded in a roadside mine blast in southern Helmand province. A spokesman for the provincial police chief stated that the incident took place in Nahr-e-Saraj district of the province after a vehicle struck a roadside mine.
Reports indicate that all victims were members of one family, including women and children. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the incident.
Similar attacks are possible in the near term.
Individuals in Afghanistan, notably in Helmand province, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the area of the incident, and obey all instructions issued by the local authorities or 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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