Indians in Afghan warned of hike in violences

New Delhi , July 25:

India on Saturday asked its citizens in Afghanistan to exercise utmost vigilance and caution in view of the “dangerous” security situation in several of its provinces, and warned that Indians additionally faced a “serious threat of kidnapping”.

In a fresh advisory, the Indian embassy said the terror groups operating in Afghanistan have escalated violent activities including the targeting of civilians and asked the Indians not to travel outside the main cities.

It said the new advisory reiterates the earlier one issued on June 29 which remained valid for all.

The embassy also advised the Indian media personnel travelling to Afghanistan to establish contacts with it for a better assessment of the risks involved, and cited “recent tragic events”, in a reference to the killing of Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui in Kandahar on July 16.

“Security situation in Afghanistan remains dangerous in several provinces. Terror groups operating in Afghanistan have escalated violent activities including the targeting of civilians. Indian nationals are not exceptions, and they additionally face a serious threat of kidnapping,” it said.

“This advisory reiterates advice of June 29 which remains valid for all,” it added.

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