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11 Feb 2020 | 08:50 AM UTC

Afghanistan: MAIED detonates in Kabul February 11

A Magnetically Attached Improvised Explosive Device (MAIED) detonates in Kabul February 11; similar incidents possible over the near term

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Event

According to local sources, on Tuesday, February 11, a Magnetically Attached Improvised Explosive Device (MAIED) detonated near the Kota Sangi bus station in the PD5 area of Kabul at around 16:00 (local time), wounding one Afghan soldier.

A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are expected 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 and their home governments.

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