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27 Nov 2019 | 01:37 PM UTC

Afghanistan: Roadside bomb kills 15 in Kunduz province November 27

At least 15 civilians killed in roadside blast in Kunduz province November 27; similar attacks possible over the near term

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Event

At least 15 civilians were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Kunduz province on Wednesday, November 27. The incident reportedly occurred on a main road in the Imam Saheb district. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, though the provincial governor blamed the attack on the Taliban.

Similar attacks 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 Kunduz province 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.