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06 Jun 2020 | 02:26 PM UTC

Afghanistan: Local police personnel killed in Badakhshan province IED attack June 5

Afghanistan News Alert

Pro-government militia fighters killed as vehicle strikes IED in Khash district, Badakhshan province, on June 5; further security operations likely in medium term

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/6/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/8/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kabul). COUNTRY/REGION Badakhshan province

Event

At least 11 pro-government militia fighters were killed on the evening of Friday, June 5, when the vehicle they were traveling in struck a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) in the Khash district of Badakhshan province. The group, attached to the local police force, was reportedly traveling to join security operations in the area when the incident occurred. At least two Taliban fighters were also killed on Friday as the group launched attacks on security forces checkpoints in the district, but no group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Further security operations and militant attacks are likely in the district in the medium term.

Context

Taliban 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 and to gain leverage amid ongoing peace negotiations.

Advice

Those in Badakhshan province are advised to monitor developments, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

 

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