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10 Feb 2020 | 11:41 PM UTC

Afghanistan: Casualties reported following bombing in Kabul February 11 /update 1

Suspected suicide bombing in Kabul kills and wounds multiple people on February 11; avoid the area

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Event

A suspected suicide bomber killed and wounded multiple people, including soldiers, in Kabul on the morning (local time) of Tuesday, February 11. The attack occurred at approximately 07:05 outside of Marshal Fahim University in the PD5 area. Emergency personnel have deployed to the area and recovery efforts are ongoing. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing. Details are still emerging.

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.