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20 May 2020 | 01:27 AM UTC

Afghanistan: Gunmen assault mosque in Charikar (Parwan province) May 19

Afghanistan News Alert

Gunmen kill eight and wound five civilians in mosque attack in Charikar (Parwan province) on May 19; further attacks possible in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/19/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/23/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kabul). COUNTRY/REGION Charikar (Parwan province)

Event

Unidentified gunmen killed eight civilians and wounded another five after assaulting a mosque in Charikar (Parwan province) on Tuesday evening (local time), May 19. According to local authorities, worshipers had gathered to break their daytime fasting for Ramadan when the gunmen opened fire. The Ministry of Interior confirmed the attack and indicated that the Taliban militant group was responsible. The Taliban later denied responsibility for the incident and blamed Afghan security forces for the attack.

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

Advice

Individuals in Parwan province 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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