A least 13 civilians have been injured and ten houses damaged as a car bomb, allegedly set up by Taliban militants, went off prematurely in the residential area of Sar-e Pul province on Thursday, November 28. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the incident.
A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are anticipated around the blast site over the coming hours. Similar attacks possible over the near term.
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.
Individuals in Sar-e Pul 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.