Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan

Event:  During the upcoming period, 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.  Terrorist and other groups continue to target foreigners for kidnapping 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 vehicle-borne, magnetic, or other 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