A suspected vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) suicide attack killed at least 18 people in Logar province's Pul-e-Alam on Thursday, July 30. Dozens of people were wounded in the explosion. Reportedly, the attack targeted security personnel in the city, although it is feared there may be civilian casualties too. The Taliban militant group has denied responsibility for the attack.
Security and clean-up operations are ongoing in the area and are likely to cause localized disruption in the near term.
The blast comes prior to a planned ceasefire for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha from Friday, July 31, through Sunday, August 2. Reportedly, security forces had gathered for duty in Pul e-Alam to prepare security measures for the festival.
Those in Pul-e-Alam are advised to avoid the affected area, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and 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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