U.S. Embassy in Kabul Has ‘Credible Reports of an Imminent Attack’

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan warned on Monday that it had received “credible reports of an imminent attack,” potentially 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,” said the official statement, as reported by Newsweek. “There were no further details regarding the targets, timing, or method of the planned attack.”

“The security situation in Afghanistan is extremely unstable, and the threat to all U.S. citizens in Afghanistan remains critical,” the embassy continued. “U.S. citizens currently visiting or residing in Afghanistan may wish to consider departing.”

Newsweek notes that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are currently in Paris for the U.N. climate change conference, and may hold a separate meeting to “discuss renewed peace talks between the Taliban insurgent group and Ghani’s Western-backed government.”

On Saturday, the Afghan National Directorate of Security reported that its operatives were able to thwart a car bomb attack planned by the Haqqani terrorist network. The bombers said they hoped to detonate a vehicle-mounted improvised explosive device in a busy part of Kabul for maximum carnage.


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