On Friday, April 17, unidentified gunmen opened fire on security personnel outside a mosque in Lashkargah (Helmand province). According to media reports, a police chief and his security guard were killed in the attack, along with a civilian. At least one person was also wounded in the incident. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
Similar attacks are possible in Helmand province over the near term.
Individuals in Helmand province are advised to 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.