A magnetically attached improvised explosive device (MAIED) explosion in the Ainu area of Paghman district of Kabul province killed two people and injured six others on Friday evening, June 19. Reportedly, the two people killed and four of those injured are members of writer and analyst Assadullah Walwalji's family. It is believed a magnetic mine was planted underneath casualties' vehicle. As of Saturday, June 20, responsibility for the blast has not been claimed.
Further attacks targeting civilians in Kabul province are likely in the near term.
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.
The security environment in Afghanistan remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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