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US Warns of 'Imminent Attack' in Kabul

A member of the Afghan security force stands guard at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015.

The United States has received “credible reports of an imminent attack” in the Afghan capital within the next two days, strongly urging U.S. citizens to exercise extreme caution if moving around Kabul.

“There were no further details regarding the targets, timing, or method of the planned attack,” the American embassy said Monday in its emergency message for U.S. citizens.

It again warned U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan.

“The security situation in Afghanistan is extremely unstable, and the threat to all U.S. citizens in Afghanistan remains critical. U.S. citizens currently visiting or residing in Afghanistan may wish to consider departing,” the announcement said.

Rising insecurity in Kabul has already forced the U.S. embassy not to allow its personnel to travel by road, and instead rely on helicopters. Other foreign diplomatic missions and international aid groups have also taken similar precautions to minimize their vulnerability while moving between secure areas in the Afghan capital.

On Saturday, a senior Afghan election official survived a suicide bombing against his vehicle during morning rush hours in Kabul that killed his driver and wounded a bodyguard. The motives for that violence are not known, but Taliban insurgents have increased attacks on Afghan security forces and government officials as part of their ongoing violent anti-government campaign around Afghanistan.