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03 Sep 2020 | 05:29 PM UTC

Afghanistan: US Embassy in Kabul to close during Massoud Day on September 8

Afghanistan News Alert

US Embassy in Kabul to close during Massoud Day on September 8; heightened security expected around celebrations

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/3/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/8/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kabul). COUNTRY/REGION Kabul

Event

The US Embassy in Kabul is to close on Tuesday, September 8, due to the associated celebrations that take place on Massoud Day. Revelers are likely to gather at Massoud Circle, which is adjacent to the embassy building, with celebratory gunfire expected around the city as, historically, groups of vehicles travel across Kabul discharging small arms fire throughout the day. The large gatherings and heightened security presence present an elevated risk of violent attacks and suicide bombings. Localized travel disruptions should also be anticipated throughout the city, and travelers are advised to remain vigilant when in public.

Advice

Those in Kabul are advised to avoid large gatherings associated with the celebrations, 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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