At least one Afghan National Army (ANA) member was killed and another wounded in a small-arms attack on an Afghan National Defense and Security Forces' (ANDSF) vehicle in Kabul's Police District 12 (PD12) on Sunday, May 17. The attack occurred at around 10:25 (local time) in the Daud Khan Square area, although the exact location has not been confirmed. Security forces are investigating the incident and five people have reportedly been arrested so far. There are also emerging reports of an explosion in the Puli Shina area of PD16 at around 10: 20 on Sunday morning, although further details have not been released. Secondary attacks are possible in the area in the coming hours. No group immediately claimed responsibility for either attack, although Taliban militants have carried out similar attacks in the capital in the past.
A heightened security presence and associated disruptions are to be expected in the affected areas over the coming hours. Further militant attacks are possible over the near term.
Taliban and Islamic State (IS) 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 Afghan National Security Forces (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.
Individuals in Kabul are advised to avoid the affected areas, 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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