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12 May 2020 | 08:43 AM UTC

Afghanistan: Six fatalities reported in Kabul attack May 12 /update 1

Afghanistan News Alert

Six fatalities reported in complex attack in Kabul’s Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood; avoid the area

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/12/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/14/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kabul). COUNTRY/REGION Kabul

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A complex attack ongoing as of 11:50 (local time) near a medical clinic in Kabul's Dasht-e-Barchi area has reportedly killed six people, including one attacker, and wounded four others. Local sources report at least two explosions were heard, and a gun battle is ongoing with deployed security forces. The attackers' possible targets include foreigners in a guest house near the medical clinic and the clinic itself, which contains a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) facility. At least 72 people have been rescued so far but more remain trapped inside.

A Ministry of the Interior official announced that the attackers were suicide bombers; they are also reported to be dressed as Afghan security forces.

The Taliban have denied responsibility for the attack; local sources have reported the Islamic State Khorasan (IS-K) group as the likely perpetrators.

A heightened security presence and localized disruptions are expected in the area over the coming hours.


Individuals in Kabul 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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