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Gunmen kill four, including three Spanish tourists, in central Afghanistan

Gunmen struck central Afghanistan’s Bamyan province, claiming the lives of four individuals, including three Spanish tourists, as confirmed by the Ministry of Interior Affairs. Seven others, including both foreign nationals and Afghans, sustained injuries during the attack, which occurred on Friday evening.

Abdul Mateen Qani, a spokesman for the ministry, disclosed that four suspects have been apprehended in connection with the incident. Notably, no group has yet claimed responsibility for the assault.

Expressing condemnation, the Taliban government, through Qani, conveyed condolences to the victims’ families and pledged to identify and penalize the perpetrators.

The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs corroborated the nationality of the deceased tourists and informed that at least one Spanish national was among the injured. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, in response, expressed sorrow over the tragic event via social media, extending sympathies to the victims’ loved ones and assuring them of consular assistance.

Bamyan, characterized by its mountainous terrain, holds significance as Afghanistan’s premier tourist destination, boasting a UNESCO World Heritage Site and remnants of colossal Buddha statues destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. Despite the group’s pledge to enhance security and foster tourism following their resurgence in 2021, Friday’s attack marked the deadliest incident since their return to power.

It’s worth noting that in 2022, ISIL (ISIS) claimed responsibility for an attack targeting Chinese citizens at a Kabul hotel frequented by Chinese businessmen.


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