US Em­bassy in Afghanistan closes af­ter at­tacks

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

The US Em­bassy in Afghanistan has closed fol­low­ing deadly in­sur­gent at­tacks on a Ger­man Con­sulate and an Amer­i­can mil­i­tary base. In a state­ment late Satur­day, the em­bassy says it will be “closed for rou­tine ser­vices” the fol­low­ing day “as a tem­po­rary pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure.”

The un­usual de­ci­sion comes af­ter four Amer­i­cans - two soldiers and two con­trac­tors - were killed in a sui­cide at­tack Satur­day on the Ba­gram Air­field near the cap­i­tal, Kabul. Two days ear­lier, in­sur­gents at­tacked the Ger­man Con­sulate in the north­ern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, killing six peo­ple and wound­ing more than 100. The US Em­bassy in Kabul reg­u­larly warns Amer­i­cans against travel to Afghanistan, where a Tal­iban-led in­sur­gency is in its 16th year. The in­sur­gency has be­come more vir­u­lent since most in­ter­na­tional com­bat troops with­drew in 2014. —AP

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