US embassy warned of ‘imminent’ attack in Afghan capital within 48 hours

Memorial Day at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday, May 30, 2011. (S.K. Vemmer/Department of State)

The U.S. Embassy says it has received “credible reports of an imminent attack” in the Afghan capital.

A statement on the embassy’s website Monday urges U.S. citizens to exercise “extreme caution” if moving around in  during the next 48 hours. The statement says the embassy has no further information about the targets, timing or nature of the planned attack.

The Taliban often carry out attacks in  and elsewhere, mainly targeting Afghan security forces and foreigners. Supporters of the Islamic Stategroup have a growing presence in Afghanistan.

The U.S. State Department has long warned against travel to Afghanistan, which has been mired in war for decades.  The U.S. Department of State officially updated their Afghanistan travel warning this month by stating that there is a strong possibility of hostile acts by Taliban networks and ISIL.  The DOS specifically mentioned a high risk of vehicle bombs, suicide bombers, kidnapping, and indirect fire.

Over the weekend, a senior member of Afghanistan’s election commission survived an assassination attempt when a suicide bomber targeted his vehicle in Kabul, killing one of his employees and wounding two others.

Popular Military author Michael Swaney contributed to this report

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