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25 Jan 2020 | 02:32 PM UTC

Afghanistan: Seven Taliban militants killed in Ghazni province January 25

Security forces kill seven Taliban militants in clashes in Ghazni province January 25; heightened security measures expected over the coming hours



According to a government statement, Afghan security forces killed seven Taliban militants in Ghazni province on Saturday, January 25. At least two other militants were wounded after a gun battle broke out in the provincial district of Andar.

Similar incidents are possible over the near term.


Taliban 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 and to gain leverage amid ongoing peace negotiations.


Individuals in Ghazni province are advised to monitor developments, 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. Although travel is possible in some areas, other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.