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Afghanistan (Security threat level – 5): At approximately 1500 local time (1030 UTC) on 5 October 2022, a suicide attacker detonated an explosive device at Al-Fatah Mosque near the Interior Ministry complex in the capital Kabul. At least two people were killed in the blast and 20 more were injured. Reports indicate that staff members of the Interior Ministry routinely attend the mosque. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack; however, the Islamic State in Khorasan Province group frequently carries out similar attacks in Kabul and across Afghanistan. This was the 23rd such mass casualty attack in Kabul since January 2022.

North Korea / South Korea (Security threat levels – 3 / 2): On 5 October 2022, South Korean and United States military forces conducted joint missile tests in the Yellow Sea in response to North Korea’s recent launch of a long-range missile, which flew over Japan and landed in the Sea of Japan on 4 October. Several missiles were fired into the sea during the joint exercises, and the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was repositioned along the eastern coast of the Korean Peninsula. Meanwhile, South Korean military officials reported that a short-range Hyunmoo-2 missile malfunctioned during the drill and crashed inside an air force base located on the outskirts of the city of Gangneung. There were no reports of injuries due to the incident.


Iran (Security threat level – 3): At approximately 0350 local time (0020 UTC) on 5 October 2022, a 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck nearly 9 km (5 mi) east-southeast of the northwestern town of Khowy — located in West Azerbaijan province — at an estimated depth of 15 km, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Very strong shaking was reported in areas situated close to the quake’s epicenter in northwestern Iran, as well as in Paragaçay, Azerbaijan — located approximately 105 km away. According to a local official, about 500 homes across 12 villages in the region sustained shaking-related damage, including 50 homes that were destroyed. More than 500 people sustained injuries due to the tremor; 135 victims were admitted to hospitals for treatment. There were no immediate reports of fatalities.


Thailand (Security threat level – 3): On 5 October 2022, authorities warned residents of the capital Bangkok and surrounding areas of additional heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding until 7 October. A combination of seasonal monsoon rains and rainfall stemming from Tropical Storm Noru has resulted in heavy flooding as rivers and dams in the northern and central areas of Thailand have overflowed their banks. Authorities have instituted emergency measures in vulnerable areas of Bangkok, including Bang Khen, Lak Si and Don Mueang. Additionally, heavy flooding and traffic jams have been reported along the Bang Na-Trat highway and on the outbound lanes of Phahonyothin Road, from Central Lat Phrao to Kasetsart intersection. Meanwhile, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is encouraging companies to allow their employees to work from home during 5-7 October to reduce the amount of traffic on flooded roadways.


India (Security threat level – 3): On 4 October 2022, the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Two competing political rallies are expected to take place on Wednesday, October 05, 2022, at the fairgrounds in Bandra Kurla Complex and at Shivaji Park Dadar (South Mumbai). The local government is expecting significant participation in both areas.

“Roads in and around both areas will reportedly be closed from 9:00 am to 12:00 midnight. This will significantly affect traffic. Please plan your travel accordingly.”