On Monday, May 18, at least seven Afghan intelligence personnel were killed in a car bomb attack which targeted a National Directorate of Security (NDS) camp in Ghazni (Ghazni province). Reports indicate that a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) was detonated in the Saqafat area at approximately 04:40 (local time) and at least 40 others were wounded in the attack. The majority of the casualties were intelligence personnel and building damage was reported 2km (1.24 mi) away from the explosion. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Further similar incidents are possible over the near term.
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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