Afghanistan: US, UK warn citizens in Kabul of ‘increased security risks’

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The United States (US) and the United Kingdom have warned their citizens against staying in Kabul hotels, especially the Serena Hotel, due to security risks.

Washington: Following the fall of Kabul and the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban have faced a major threat from the Afghan chapter of Islamic State (ISIS).

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While ISIS attacks on the Taliban have increased, American and British citizens in Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan are also at risk.

The United States (US) and the United Kingdom have warned their citizens against staying in Kabul hotels, especially the Serena Hotel, due to security risks.

“Due to security threats at the Serena Hotel, we advise US citizens to avoid travel to and around the hotel,” the US Embassy in Afghanistan said in a security alert on Sunday.

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“All Americans living in or near the Serena Hotel should leave immediately,” the US mission said.

Meanwhile, the British government has also advised its citizens not to stay in hotels in view of the increased risk against Britons, Sputnik reported.

“In light of the increased risks you are advised not to stay in hotels, especially in Kabul (such as the Serena Hotel),” the updated foreign travel advisory by the British government read.

The Serena Hotel, popular with business travelers and foreign guests, has been attacked in the past.

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In 2014, nine people lost their lives in an attack by teenage terrorist fighters. The most recent attack dates back to March 2020, when a rocket hit the outskirts of the hotel, injuring two people.

First published:October 11, 2021, 2:29 PM

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