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26 Feb 2020 | 08:08 AM UTC

Afghanistan: Explosion reported in Kabul February 26

VBIED detonates in Kabul February 26; similar incidents possible over the near term

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Event

According to local sources, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) detonated in the Darulaman Road area in Kabul on Wednesday, February 26, at around 15:45 (local time). The explosion reportedly killed two civilians and wounded eight others.

A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are expected around the blast site over the coming hours. Similar incidents are possible over 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 Kabul are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the affected area, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

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