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Indian Nationals Face Serious Threat Of Kidnapping In Afghanistan: Indian Embassy

Mumbai: The Embassy of India in Afghanistan has issued a security advisory for its nationals living in the country. The advisory comes in the wake of the withdrawal of American and NATO troops from Afghanistan and the advancement of the Taliban.

The Embassy has asked Indians living, visiting and working in Afghanistan to exercise utmost caution at all times. They have also been asked to avoid all non-essential travel as the security situation in Afghanistan remains dangerous.

“This advisory reiterates the advice dated 29 June 2021, which is valid for all Indian citizens. The security situation in many provinces in Afghanistan remains worrying. Terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan have increased violent activities, including targeting civilians. Indian nationals are no exception, and they also face a serious threat of abduction,” the Indian embassy said in an advisory.

“While travelling on roads, keep distance from potential targets such as military convoys, vehicles of government ministries/offices, high-ranking officials, law enforcement agencies and visit crowded markets, shopping complexes, mandis, restaurants and other public places,” it further said.

The embassy also talked about targeted attacks, including roadside IED explosions and magnetic IEDs against civilian vehicles.

Travelling outside the main cities should be strictly avoided, the embassy advisory said, asking Indians to register with the on the website: https://eoi.gov.in/kabul/ or by email to paw.kabul@mea.gov.in.

The US and NATO are on the verge of completing their last troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. The country’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said the situation demands not only to stop the influx of refugees from Afghanistan but also to stop the entry of armed forces personnel and terrorists into neighbouring Pakistan.

Meanwhile, more than 30 Taliban militants were killed and 17 others were injured in airstrikes by the Afghan Air Force in Javajan and southern Helmand province on Friday.

The airstrikes come as Afghanistan is witnessing an escalation in violence as the Taliban intensify their offensive against Afghan forces and civilians with a complete withdrawal of foreign forces.

The Taliban now control about half of Afghanistan’s 419 district centres.

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