At least 14 members of the Afghan Border Force were killed on the morning of Friday, May 29, when Taliban militants attacked a border post in Paktia province's Dand-e-Patan district. The attack in the early hours was reportedly repelled by security forces, but at least three other border guards were injured in the incident. Local officials claimed that at least 20 Taliban fighters had also been killed, but this was denied by the group in a statement claiming responsibility for the assault.
The incident comes three days after the end of a three-day ceasefire called by the Taliban over the Eid al-Fitr holiday. Several significant attacks have been reported since the temporary truce expired on the evening of May 26. However, the government has deferred launching major security operations in recent days as they seek to extend the ceasefire ahead of anticipated direct negotiations with the Taliban.
Afghanistan remains a high-risk operational environment and deployments should only be undertaken with the strictest possible security risk management procedures in place. Members should maintain a low profile and use a vetted security provider that offers close protection and emergency response services. Minimize time spent in the vicinity of checkpoints, security forces, and government buildings, as these are among the primary targets for militant attacks.
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