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16 Jan 2020 | 09:12 AM UTC

Afghanistan: Taliban militants kill 11 policemen in Kunduz province January 15

Taliban militants kill 11 policemen in checkpoint attack in Kunduz province January 15; similar attacks likely over the near term

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Event

At least 11 policemen were killed in a Taliban attack on a checkpoint in Khanabad district (Kunduz province) on Wednesday evening (local time), January 15. According to local officials, 10 militants were also killed in clashes that followed the raid. A Taliban spokesman reportedly confirmed the incident. 

Similar attacks are possible in the near term.

Context

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 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.

Advice

Individuals in Kunduz province are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities or their home governments.

The security environment in Afghanistan remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.