Daily Evacuation Brief | April 20, 2022
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LAST 24 HOURS:
Two schools were targeted by bomb attacks in Kabul, killing six and wounding around 25. The attacks took place in the predominantly Shiite Hazara Muslim neighborhood of Dasht-e-Barchi. Several eyewitnesses claimed at least one of the three blasts appeared to be triggered by a suicide bomber. Sources within the Taliban indicated the body count would likely rise over the next 24 hours based on the severity of some of the victims’ wounds. ISIS-K is thought to be behind the attacks, but no one has claimed responsibility yet.
After Uzbekistan denied ISIS’ claims that they had launched rockets into Uzbekistan, a video was shared on social media purportedly taken near Hairatan, the launch site of the supposed ISIS-K attack, which showed approximately 18 Uzbek helicopters flying along the border. It is possible that the flights were meant as a show of force in response to ISIS-K’s claims. No further information is available at this time, and the authenticity of the video has yet to be validated.
The Ministry of Defense announced it had recovered 132 military vehicles and over 300 rifles in search operations conducted in Kunar. Sources said some arrests were made temporarily, but other Taliban officials interceded and the people arrested were witnessed to be set free.
A former Afghan Army officer, Mujib Biabangard, was reported to have been arrested by the Taliban at his home in Mazar-i-Sharif. His disposition is currently unknown.
NEXT 24 HOURS:
The Taliban have rushed a sizable security force to the Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood of Kabul in response to the bomb attacks. Some house searches were reported, and more searches are expected over the next 24 hours. The forces are on high alert and appear to be nervous. At-risk Afghans are discouraged from traveling in the area, and at-risk Afghans living in that area should take care to scrub electronics in case their home is searched.
Uzbekistan has clearly increased security along the border, and if the video footage of the recent display is legitimate, it illustrates how seriously Tashkent is taking the situation. It is not out of the question that the Uzbek government could potentially strike any targets it views as a threat, even in Afghan territory.
Taliban leadership has discussed the potential for a third ISIS-K action and are concentrating forces in Kabul. Presumably, they have intelligence on a potential attack and are attempting to prepare for it.
Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 86.92 AFN (as of 20 APR 2022)
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