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US Embassy warns of possible terror attack in Kabul

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AT-KABUL: The United States embassy in Kabul has issued a travel advisory on Monday warning the US citizens of imminent attack within the next two days in Afghanistan’s capital city.

However, the embassy has not provided further details on the timing or targets of the possible terror attack in Kabul city.

“U.S. Embassy Kabul has received credible reports of an imminent attack in Kabul City, Kabul Province, Afghanistan within the next 48 hours. During this period of heightened threat, the U.S. Embassy strongly urges U.S. citizens to exercise extreme caution if moving around the city.  There were no further details regarding the targets, timing, or method of the planned attack,” the US embassy said.

The embassy said that the US government “remains highly concerned about possible attacks on U.S. citizens (whether visiting or residing in Afghanistan), U.S. facilities, businesses, and perceived U.S. and foreign interests.  Attacks may target official government convoys and compounds, including Afghan and U.S. government facilities, foreign embassies and military installations, as well as restaurants, hotels, airports, non-governmental organization (NGO) offices, international organizations, religious institutions, educational centers, foreign guest houses, and other commercial entities.”

The embassy said that security situation in Afghanistan was “extremely unstable, and the threat to all U.S. citizens in Afghanistan remains critical.” The embassy asked the US citizens living in the war-hit country or visiting, to leave.

“Kabul remains at high risk for militant attacks, including vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED), direct and indirect fire, and suicide bombings. The same risks also exist in other major cities in Afghanistan, to include, but not limited to, Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Kunduz, Lashkar Gah, Maimana, Ghazni, and Jalalabad. An ongoing risk of kidnapping and hostage taking exists throughout Afghanistan,” the embassy said.

The embassy also warned the US citizens to look into their personal security plans, increase personal safety and “maintain a high level of vigilance.”