The detonation of a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) has killed two civilians and wounded 20 others in Kandahar city on Thursday, November 19. Media sources indicate that an explosive-laden motorcycle was detonated near a police checkpoint in Police District 3 (PD3) on Thursday evening. The deputy police chief of Kandahar and one other police officer were reportedly among those wounded. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
Localized disruptions and a heightened security presence are likely in the vicinity of the blast in the near term. Attacks are likely to occur in Kandahar province, and across Afghanistan, in the medium term.
Those in Kandahar province are advised to avoid the affected area, 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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