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Security Alert: Kabul (Afghanistan), Threats against Foreigners

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Security Alert - U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (June 11, 2018)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan

Event:  In light of the upcoming Eid holiday, U.S. citizens are reminded to exercise caution in places where people are known to congregate, including public celebrations, markets, places of worship, and banks.  The U.S. government remains concerned that insurgents are intent on targeting foreigners via kidnapping schemes and attacks at locations such as hotels, residential compounds, security checkpoints, government facilities, and airports.  Perpetrators may seek to impersonate Afghan security officials, and use methods such as suicide vests, grenades, and magnetically attached improvised explosive devices. 

Actions to Take:

  • Keep a low profile
  • Be aware of your surroundings and carry a charged cell phone
  • Monitor local media for updates
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners
  • Notify a trusted person of your travel and movement plans
  • Consider travel via armored vehicle when possible

    Assistance:

  • American Citizen Services Unit, U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

    Located at Great Massoud Road between Radio Afghanistan and the Ministry of Public Health in Kabul. 

    +93-700-114-000  or +93 -700-108-000 (after hours)

    KabulACS@state.gov

    https://af.usembassy.gov/

  • State Department – Consular Affairs

    888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

  • Afghanistan Country Information
  • Afghanistan Travel Advisory
  • Enroll in Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates
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