• publish: 20 January 2016
  • time: 8:41 pm
  • category: Security&Crime
  • No: 3063
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US Embassy in Kabul warns its citizens residing in Afghanistan

As the security situation is rapidly deteriorating across the country including capital Kabul, the US Department of State has issued a security alert to its citizens in the Afghan capital regarding a likely attack to target a hotel or guesthouse.

“The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has received reports that as of mid-January 2016, militants were planning to attack an unknown hotel or guesthouse frequented by the international community in the Shar-e-Now area of Kabul City, Kabul Province, Afghanistan,” a statement released by U.S. Embassy in Kabul says.

The statement further added that there is no further information regarding the timing, target, location, or method of any planned attacks.

“As a reminder, in accordance with the Travel Warning for Afghanistan, the Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan. The security situation in Afghanistan is extremely unstable, and the threat to all U.S. citizens in Afghanistan remains critical. U.S. citizens currently visiting or residing in Afghanistan may wish to consider departing,” the statement said.

It also added that “the Embassy strongly urges U.S. citizens who decide to remain in Afghanistan to review your personal security plans, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal safety, remain aware of your surroundings, monitor local media for updates, and maintain a high level of vigilance.”

The alert by the U.S. embassy comes shortly after Kabul witnessed a suicide attack targeting a vehicle in Dar-ul-Aman area of the city, with preliminary reports suggesting at least six civilians were killed and around 24 others were wounded.

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