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Daily Evacuation Brief | April 29, 2022
LAST 24 HOURS:
At least 9 people were killed and many others wounded when two mini-buses blew up in Mazar-i-Sharif. The majority of the victims appear to be Shiites. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
The black flags of ISIS were openly displayed in traditional ISIS-K strongholds throughout the country after the recent spate of attacks. We assess that ISIS-K is emboldened and has stepped up its recruiting efforts after a bout of defections and inactivity. Some sources claim that select Taliban leaders are beginning to show sympathy for ISIS-K’s cause.
Hazara leaders met in several locations to discuss collective security measures they felt would be needed to protect members of the ethnic group. Sources provided video evidence of an unknown Taliban leader being escorted out of one of the meetings at gunpoint. Sources state the rhetoric at the meetings was fiery, and there was no faith the Taliban would act to safeguard Hazaras in the country. We expect the Hazara militia’s ranks will swell based on these meetings.
The Taliban received a report that ISIS-K is planning car bombings at both main border crossings into Pakistan: the Torkham and Chemin gates. One source claimed the attacks would occur before the end of Ramadan, while the others said it would take place after. The Taliban reputedly had information about the two vehicles that may be used in the attacks but were unsure of their whereabouts as of 1900 hrs local time on April 28, 2022. Taliban leadership considered deploying helicopters to the border crossings but felt the move may be too provocative considering the recent troubles with Pakistan. No further information is available, and it is important to note that several threats have been made to the border crossings over the past months without follow through.
NEXT 24 HOURS:
We currently have no information about potential threats to report.
By Civic Media Observatory
While Afghanistan’s Taliban leadership tries to persuade the world to recognize and financially support them, even after they took over the country by force, Taliban fighters and militants violently silence those who oppose them, especially women.
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