U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan Closes After Attacks

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -
Afghanistan's National Army soldiers guard, blocking the main road to the Bagram Airfield's main gate in Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. An explosion at a U.S. airfield in Afghanistan early Saturday killed four people, the head of international forces in the country said. (AP Photos/Massoud Hossaini)
Afghanistan’s National Army soldiers stand guard, blocking the main road to the Bagram Airfield’s main gate in Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 12. (AP Photos/Massoud Hossaini)

The U.S. embassy in Afghanistan has closed following deadly insurgent attacks on a German consulate and an American military base.

In a statement late Saturday, the embassy says it will be “closed for routine services” Sunday “as a temporary precautionary measure.”

The unusual decision comes after four Americans — two soldiers and two contractors — were killed in a suicide attack Saturday on the Bagram Airfield near the capital, Kabul.

Two days earlier, terrorists attacked the German consulate in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, killing six people and wounding more than 100.

The U.S. embassy in Kabul regularly warns Americans against travel to Afghanistan, where a Taliban-led insurgency is in its 16th year.

The insurgency has become more virulent since most international combat troops withdrew in 2014.