WASHINGTON -- In the wake of the recently concluded presidential elections in Afghanistan, the State Dept. updated its existing travel warning for the war torn country, noting upcoming presidential inauguration events in early December may trigger additional violence. 

While the department noted that there were minimal disruptions during the elections, which took place on Oct. 9, there have been several acts of violence since then, such as a suicide grenade attack that killed an American in downtown Kabul and three U.N. international staffers who were kidnapped.

The ability of Afghan authorities to maintain order and ensure the security of citizens and visitors is limited, the department said. Remnants of the former Taliban regime and the terrorist al Qaeda network, and other groups hostile to the government, remain active.

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