Officials have reported that 11 people have been injured when a vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) detonated outside of the Save the Children compound in police district three (PD3) Jalalabad city (Nangarhar province) at around 09:10 (local time) on Wednesday, January 24. Unconfirmed local reporting suggests that clashes are ongoing at the scene, and a group of armed men are believed to have entered the Save the Children office; avoid the area. At least two other back-to-back explosions have been reported in Jalalabad, in the area of Marastoon square, Chaknoory High School and Telecommunication Square (Charahi Mukhabirat). Details are still emerging.
Individuals present in Jalalabad are advised to avoid the area, adhere to all official directives, and monitor the situation.
Due to major security concerns, individuals throughout Afghanistan are urged to keep a safe distance from large gatherings, military convoys, government buildings, and crowded urban areas. Many Western governments advise their citizens against travel to Afghanistan due to the high threat of kidnapping and terrorism, including frequent attacks against Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, local civilians and politicians, and individuals working in the humanitarian and reconstruction fields. Travel to the country should only be undertaken with proper security protocols in place.