Local officials confirmed the deaths of 12 people from a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) on Sunday, July 7, in Ghazni province. The bombing took place early Sunday morning (local time) near a National Directorate of Security (NDS) compound in Ghazni city. Eight security personnel were killed in the blast along with four civilians. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast. Similar attacks are possible in Afghanistan over the near term.
Individuals in Ghazni are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the area of the blast, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities or their home governments. 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.
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