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Daily Evacuation Brief | March 28, 2022
LAST 24 HOURS:
The BBC and Voice of America have been blocked from service in Afghanistan.
Dual rallies between pro-government supporters and opposition party members began in Islamabad with tens of thousands arriving to show support for their causes. So far, no violence has been reported.
Uzbek Taliban Commander and governor of Dasht-e-Qala Takhar Abdul Qadir Hamid was reportedly arrested in Takhar province. He is officially accused of cooperating with ISIS-K agents. However, the real reason is believed to be suspicions that he has formed strong ties with the NRF since late last year. Some sources suggest he has been upset with the marginalization of Tajik and Uzbek Taliban forces.
Sources within the Ministry of Interior stated Chinese technicians and equipment have been provided in order to begin regulating access to social media, messaging applications, and other content deemed subversive by the Taliban. At this time, there is no known date for the restrictions to take effect. Evacuating organizations and at-risk Afghans should ensure alternate communication plans are prepared and ready to be activated.
An opposition group, Afghanistan Freedom Front, claimed responsibility for an attack on the Kishm-Faizabad highway in Badakshan province last night. In their social media post, they claimed the Taliban suffered significant casualties. An audio recording of the purported attack was posted on Twitter.
The body of a murdered young girl was found in Kabul. No further details are available at this time, but police radio transmissions confirmed an investigation. Another man was reportedly murdered in a home invasion in the Nawa District of Helmand province. No further information is known about the killing.
ISIS is being blamed for the assassination of Hakim Sandahi in Kandahar yesterday. He was a senior leader of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and was killed by unknown gunmen on a motorcycle.
Several aid workers were arrested in Ghor on charges of corruption. It is believed that two are foreigners. No further information is available at this time.
An explosive device was discovered near the governor’s residence in Parwan province. It is not clear if it was unexploded ordinance or had been placed by opposition forces. The Taliban defused the device and described it as a landmine.
Herat province caved to demands from Kabul and became the final province to bar female students in grades 7-12. Female students had been attending classes until yesterday.
NEXT 24 HOURS:
Internet services in the country may be interrupted as tests of new Chinese restriction software is carried out.
The political rallies in Islamabad are expected to continue, and some resolutions may be announced concerning the no-confidence measure against Prime Minister Khan. Considering the large numbers of people involved, there is an elevated risk of violence. Travelers should be wary of crowds and avoid areas where the protests take place.
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