At least eight people were killed on the morning of Monday, October 5, when a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device was detonated in the Laghman province city of Mihtarlam. The attack reportedly targeted the convoy of Laghman's provincial governor Rahmatullah Yarmal as he was traveling to his office at around 10:00 (local time). According to local officials, four of those killed in the blast were members of the governor's personal protection detail, with the other four fatalities being civilian bystanders. However, the governor was reported to have survived the attack. The Ministry of Interior stated that 28 civilians were also wounded in the incident, but local officials only confirmed seven injuries from the blast.
Localized disruptions are likely in Mihtarlam in the near term due to ongoing clean-up and security operations.
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.
Those in Laghman 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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