US warns of ‘imminent’ attack in Afghan capital

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 file photo, an Afghanistan's National Army soldier stands guard in his vehicle in Camp Khogyani in Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. Homegrown militants loyal to the Islamic State group are making inroads into Afghanistan, controlling territory in some parts of the country and ruling with the harsh hand the group is notorious for in Iraq and Syria, according to officials, military leaders and analysts. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini, File)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. Embassy said Monday it has received “credible reports of an imminent attack” in the Afghan capital.

A statement on the embassy’s website urged U.S. citizens to exercise “extreme caution” if moving around inKabul during the next 48 hours. The statement said the embassy has no further information about the targets, timing or nature of the planned attack.

The Taliban often carry out attacks in Kabul and elsewhere, mainly targeting Afghan security forces and foreigners. Supporters of the Islamic State group have a growing presence in Afghanistan.

The U.S. State Department has long warned against travel to Afghanistan, which has been mired in war for decades.

In Washington, department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau told reporters that the U.S. Embassy received the reports of a specific and credible imminent threat, but it wasn’t against the embassy, U.S. citizens or U.S. interests.

She would not elaborate on the nature of the threat or who was behind it, but said “it was sufficient enough that we did feel that an email and a message should go out to U.S. citizens in Kabul.”

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