At least three civilians were killed and three others injured in a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) attack in Mehtarlam (Laghman province) in the morning (local time) on Saturday, May 2. Explosive devices were reportedly attached to a motorcycle which detonated near to Laghman prison. Some sources have suggested that the head of the prison was the target of the attack. As of May 2, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Similar attacks are possible in Laghman province over the near term.
Attacks targeting Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) members are on the rise and tend to be conducted by Taliban or Haqqani Taliban Network (HQN) militants. 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.
Individuals in the abovementioned area are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the area of the incident, and obey all instructions issued by 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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