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24 Nov 2019 | 12:32 PM UTC

Afghanistan: Grenade attack kills one in Kabul November 24

One foreign national killed in Kabul grenade attack on November 24; similar incidents possible over the near term

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Event

An unidentified attacker threw a hand grenade at a United Nations vehicle in Kabul on Sunday, November 24, killing at least one person and wounding five others. The incident occurred at approximately 18:20 (local time) in the PD9 neighborhood. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are anticipated around the blast site over the coming hours.

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 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.