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  • · Statements were issued by the governments of USA and UK, warning its citizens in Afghanistan to be aware particularly of the Serena hotel
  • · The UK Foreign Office while advising its people not to travel to the war-torn country
  • · The governments of both countries sense danger after the Kunduz mosque attacks last Friday by alleged ISIS extremists which killed approximately 12 people

On Monday, citizens of the United States and Britain presently staying in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, were warned by their respective governments to stay away from the hotels in the city. The US government has said that citizens, particularly those who are near the well-known Serena hotel, must leave the area immediately.

The State Department of the US said, “US citizens who are at or near the Serena Hotel should leave immediately.” The government stated that the area had “security threats”. The governments of the respective countries sense danger ahead of a recent mosque attack by an alleged ISIS group, which has killed nearly a dozen people.

The UK Foreign Office, while advising its people not to travel to the war-torn country, has stated, “In light of the increased risks you are advised not to stay in hotels, particularly in Kabul (such as the Serena hotel).” The Serena stands to be one of the most opulent hotels of Kabul, which has been extremely popular, especially among the foreign tourists visiting the country.

However, recent political turmoil in Afghanistan, ahead of the Taliban acquiring state power on 15th August, has led to a change in the situation, making the hotel a prime target of the extremists. On Friday, a mosque situated in the northern city of Kunduz was targeted by the Islamic State extremists, who bombed the edifice, killing at least 12.

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