At approximately 1850 local time (1420 UTC) on 24 November 2019, the detonation of an explosive device targeted a U.N. vehicle near the Makrorayan area in Kabul’s Police District 9. Authorities believe that a magnetic bomb attached to the roof of the armored vehicle caused the blast. A U.S. national was killed and at least five other people were wounded in the attack. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the explosion; however, Taliban and Islamic State (IS) militants frequently target foreign entities in Kabul.

Following the attack, U.N. agencies operating in Afghanistan instituted lockdowns starting on 25 November, whereas other humanitarian groups restricted the movement of their personnel as a precautionary measure.