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04 Dec 2019 | 12:04 AM UTC

Afghanistan: Foreign NGO vehicle targeted in Jalalabad December 4

Unidentified attackers target the vehicle of a foreign NGO in Jalalabad on December 4, killing at least five people and wounding one

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Event

The vehicle of an international NGO was targeted by unidentified attackers in Jalalabad on the morning (local time) of Wednesday, December 4. According to local officials, the incident occurred around 08:00 in the PD1 area of the city. At least five people were killed and one foreign national was wounded. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Similar attacks targeting members of the international community are possible in Jalalabad in 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 Jalalabad 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.