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18 Dec 2019 | 05:09 AM UTC

Afghanistan: Roadside bomb kills three civilians in Jowzjan province December 18

At least three civilians killed in roadside blast in Jowzjan province December 18; similar attacks possible over the near term

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Event

At least three civilians were killed and one injured when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Qusteepe district (Jowzjan province), on Wednesday, December 18. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.

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 Jowzjan 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.