A protest is ongoing in Kabul as of the late morning (local time) on Saturday, January 4. Participants seek to protest the arrest of local criminal elements on the night of Friday, January 3. Transportation disruptions have been reported, including the presence of tires on fire. A heightened security presence is to be expected while the protest continues. Demonstrations and other large gatherings are unpredictable and can turn violent at short notice.
Individuals in Afghanistan are advised to monitor the situation, avoid areas near government buildings and other national institutions, report suspicious objects and behaviors to police, 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.