At least three people were killed on the morning of Tuesday, August 25, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) was detonated outside an Afghan National Army (ANA) facility in the Balkh district of Balkh province. The fatalities are reported to include an ANA serviceman and two civilians, with at least six others wounded in the attack at around 09:00 (local time). Some unconfirmed reports have also stated that several dozen civilians were injured after a building collapsed due to the blast. The Taliban has since claimed responsibility for the bombing.
Further Taliban attacks and associated security operations are likely in Balkh province in the medium term.
Those in Balkh province are advised to monitor developments in their own particular area of operations through a range of multi-source intelligence advisories and should heed 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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