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29 Sep 2020 | 12:35 PM UTC

Afghanistan: Roadside IED kills multiple civilians in Kijran district (Daikundi province) September 29

Afghanistan News Alert

Roadside IED blast kills at least 14 in Daikundi province’s Kijran district on September 29; security operations likely in medium term

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/29/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/1/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kabul). COUNTRY/REGION Kijran district (Daykundi province)

Event

At least 14 people were killed on Tuesday, September 29, in a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Daikundi province's Kijran district. The explosion reportedly hit a civilian bus in Dasht-e-Sulaiman village. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing, but local officials attributed the attack to Taliban militants.

Increased security operations are likely in the Kijran 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 the 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. The group are currently engaged in peace negotiations with the Afghan government in Qatar, but attacks have continued across the country since the beginning of the talks on September 12.

Daikundi province has historically seen significantly fewer Taliban attacks compared to some neighbouring regions. However, there remains a risk from insurgent activity in the province, with at least two IED attacks being reported so far in 2020.

Advice

Those in Daikundi 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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