Today, Monday, the United States and Britain called on their citizens to stay away from hotels in the Afghan capital, Kabul, especially the famous Serena Hotel.
And the US State Department said in a statement that “US citizens who are in or near the Serena Hotel must leave immediately,” noting “security threats” in the area.
In turn, the British Foreign Office said in a statement, updating its advice against travel to Afghanistan: “Given the increased risks on Afghan soil, it is not recommended to stay in hotels, especially in Kabul (like the Serena Hotel). “
It is worth noting that the Serena is one of the most famous luxury hotels in the capital and was very popular among foreign visitors before the city fell into the hands of the city. taliban About eight weeks ago (mid-August 2021).
He has also been the target of extremist attacks twice in recent years.
In front of the Serena hotel (archive – AFP)
A bloody attack … and ISIS Khorasan raises its head
These warnings come, after I announced Daesh A few days ago, he was responsible for a devastating bombing in North of Kunduz town A mosque was targeted during Friday prayers, in the deadliest attack since US forces left the country last August.
It should be noted that also a few days before the foreign coalition forces left the country, Kabul saw double suicide bombing Near the capital’s airport and one of the nearby hotels, dozens of civilians were killed, along with more than 13 American soldiers, who were later claimed by ISIS.
A Taliban fighter in Kabul (archives – AFP)
At the time, General Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of the US central command responsible for Afghanistan, explained that the Abe gate leading to the airport had been the scene of two explosions, carried out by two suicide bombers belonging to the “province of Khorasan from “ISIS,” followed by shooting at civilians and soldiers by militants of the terrorist organization.
The issue of terrorism returning to Afghanistan or turning it into a hotbed for al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations has always been a top priority for Washington and the international community, as the resurgence of extremist groups gives rise to serious concern.