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EOS Alerts 29-8-2017

Afghanistan: Kabul Bank Branch Attacked by Suicide Bomber

At least five killed in Taliban suicide bomb attack on a bank in Kabul

At least five people have been killed and many more injured, after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at the entrance to a Kabul Bank branch close to the US embassy and the city's main diplomatic quarter, Najib Danish. The front of the bank has been completely destroyed, with other nearby businesses also being damaged. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack. According to figures released by the United Nations (UN), 209 civilians have been killed and 777 injured in the first half of 2017 alone, as a result of terrorist attacks in Kabul. Earlier this month, the Afghan Taliban pledged to turn Afghanistan into a "graveyard" for foreign forces, after US President Donald Trump committed American troops indefinitely to the war there.

The US Embassy in Kabul has issued advice regarding the continued threats associated with travelling in Afghanistan, including in Kabul. The threat of kidnapping and attacks against guest houses frequented by Westerners is high and militant groups often plan attacks on such locations and against individuals with US connections. Government facilities, embassies, military installations, guest houses, commercial entities, non-governmental organisations, offices, restaurants, hotels, airports, schools and universities continue to be popular targets. As such, ‘travel to all areas of Afghanistan remains unsafe due to the ongoing risk of kidnapping, hostage taking, military combat operations, landmines, banditry, armed rivalry between political and tribal groups, militant attacks, direct and indirect fire, suicide bombings and insurgent attacks, including attacks using vehicle-borne or other improvised explosive devices.’

It is advisable to be aware of the latest attack, to take heed of the recent security message and to avoid all non-essential travel in Afghanistan due to a plethora of threats. For essential travel, notify consular authorities and contract a reliable security escort. 

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