The UK government on Friday warned all its citizens in Afghanistan to leave the country immediately due to the "worsening security situation". Meanwhile, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on Friday updated its website to advise against all travel to Afghanistan. The warning comes after the Taliban launched a major attack to coincide with the withdrawal of US troops after nearly two decades of conflict.
In a statement, the foreign office said, "All UK nationals in Afghanistan are advised to leave now by commercial means. If you are still in Afghanistan, we advise to leave now by commercial means because of the worsening security situation. Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Afghanistan. Specific methods of attack are evolving and increasing in sophistication."
At the same time, the Taliban now control vast areas of rural Afghanistan and are challenging government forces in several cities near the western border with Iran, and Lashkar Gah and Kandahar in the south. On Friday, the Taliban captured their first provincial capital.
Meanwhile, Taliban killed Dawa Khan Menapal, the head of the media wing of the Afghan government, on Friday afternoon. There was a continuous firing on his car in a very safe area of the capital. The incident took place on Darul Aman Road, west of Kabul. On the other hand, the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said Menapal had been punished for his actions. In recent times, he was openly speaking against the interference of Pakistan in the country.
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