A complex attack involving twin suicide bombings was reported in the city of Gardez (Paktia province) on the afternoon of Friday, August 3 (local time). The attack is believed to have been carried out by two gunmen who opened fire in a Shi’a mosque during Friday prayers before detonating their explosives. According to local police, eight people have been killed and another 12 wounded.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State-Khorasan Province group (IS-KP) is suspected.
Gardez is located approximately 105 km (65 mi) due south of the capital Kabul.
The security environment in Afghanistan remains complex. Although travel is permissible in some areas, other areas should be considered strictly off limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.