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US warns nationals of attacks in Afghanistan

AT-KABUL: The United States has warned its citizens in Afghanistan of serious security threats in the aftermath of abduction of 30 Hazara passengers in Zabul.

In a mediate statement, the US Embassy warned Americans working in the country of multiple attacks. The embassy said that it lacked information regarding “the timing, target, location, or method of any planned attacks.” However, the embassy made it clear that this month the insurgents planned to attack several targets in Kabul, the capital city.

The US Embassy in Kabul is frequently issuing travel warnings to Americans. In September 2014, the US Department of State warned the citizens against travel to Afghanistan while terming the security situation in the troubled country as “extremely unstable”. The same year in December the US warned citizens of terror attacks on its embassy in Kabul. In a statement the US government said that the embassy is taking the threat seriously.

An official of the Afghan interior ministry regarding the warning said that they have no information regarding threats of terror attacks on the US citizens. The high-ranking official who wished not to be named told Afghanistan Times that the ministry had taken all measures to deal with militant threats and there is no need to fear. “May be the US issued the warning because it thinks the Islamic State (IS) fighters or the Taliban can target Americans. However, Americans are safer in the country than Afghans due to their restricted movements,” he said.

Responding to a question he said that there are always fear of terror attacks but it doesn’t mean to limit activities of the citizens.

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