EOS Alerts 1-7-2019
Afghanistan: Taliban Carry Out Attack in Kabul
On 1 July, the Taliban claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack in downtown Kabul near the ministry of defence, which killed at least 10 people and injured 68 more. Following the initial blast, at least 3 fighters ran into a nearby high-rise located near the ministry's engineering and logistics department, where they engaged in a fire fight with security forces. Police and special Afghan security forces have cordoned off the area. Sporadic gunfire and explosions are still being heard. The attack comes two days after the Taliban and the United States began a seventh round of talks in Qatar, where the armed group maintains a political office.
Avoid all non-essential travel to Afghanistan. Afghanistan's Western-backed government is fighting an intensifying war with both the Taliban and ISIL. All travel within Afghanistan remains unsafe due to the ongoing risk of kidnapping, hostage taking, military combat operations, landmines, banditry, armed rivalry between political and tribal groups, Islamic State militant attacks, direct and indirect fire, suicide bombings and insurgent attacks, including attacks using vehicle-borne or other improvised explosive devices. Government facilities, news stations, embassies, military installations, guest houses, commercial entities, non-governmental organisations, offices, restaurants, hotels, airports, schools and universities continue to be popular targets.