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India Gives Word Of Caution For Citizens Amid Taliban Offensive

New Delhi:

Terror groups in Afghanistan have escalated violent activities, including targeting of civilians, the Indian Embassy in Kabul has warned in its latest advisory, urging "utmost caution". The statement comes nearly a week after Reuters journalist and Pulitzer prize winner Danish Siddiqui was killed while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters.

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All Indians - visiting, staying and working in Afghanistan - are "advised to exercise utmost vigilance and caution with regard to security at workplace, place of residence and also during the movement to their place of work," the advisory reads, stressing the "security situation in Afghanistan remains dangerous in several provinces"

"It is recommended that all types of non-essential movements be avoided. Movements especially during peak commuting hours should also be avoided. While traveling on roads, maintain distance from possible targets like military convoys, vehicles of government ministries or offices, high ranking officials, law enforcement agencies, and avoid visiting crowded markets, shopping complexes, mandis, restaurants, and other public places," it said.

Indian firms operating in the country have been told to make special arrangements for their employees.

"As recent tragic events showed, it is essential that all Indian press-persons covering events on the ground establish contact with the Public Affairs and Security Wing of this Embassy for a personalised briefing, including specific advice for the locale they are traveling to," the statement further read.

Indian Embassy in Kabul: Credit India Today

From UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to Joe Biden administration, the death of Danish Siddiqui had led to worldwide outpouring of tributes.

Amid widespread Taliban offensive, Afghanistan on Saturday imposed a night-time curfew across 31 of the country's 34 provinces to curb surging violence, news agency AFP reported.

"To curb violence and limit the Taliban movements a night curfew has been imposed in 31 provinces across the country," except in Kabul, Panjshir and Nangarhar, the interior ministry said in a statement.

Afghanistan has witnessed widespread violence after the US and NATO forces began withdrawing in early May, nearly 20 years after the arrival in the war-torn country.

(With the exception of the title this article has not been edited by Powell and Barns Media Staff.

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