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  • Updated: May 18, 2024

Spanish tourists killed in Afghanistan gun attack

Spanish tourists killed in Afghanistan gun attack

Three Spanish tourists have been killed by gunmen in the central Afghan city of Bamiyan, according to the BBC.

The Spanish government confirmed the deaths, and Afghan officials reported that an Afghan national was also killed. Additionally, four other foreigners were injured in the attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul Mateen Qani stated that four suspects had been arrested.

In a statement, Qani said the Taliban government "strongly condemns this crime, expresses its deep feelings to the families of the victims, and assures that all the criminals will be found and punished.”

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in a post on social media that he was “overwhelmed by the news of the murder of Spanish tourists in Afghanistan”.

Offering his condolences to the families and friends of the victims, he said he was following the situation closely and pledged consular support.

At least one Spanish national was also among those injured, Spain’s foreign ministry said.

Mountainous Bamiyan is home to a Unesco world heritage site and the remains of two giant Buddha statues which the Taliban blew up during their previous rule in 2001.

Since retaking power in Afghanistan in 2021 the Taliban have vowed to restore security and encourage a small but growing number of tourists trickling into the country. The Taliban government sells tickets to access the site of the Buddha statues.

Though the country’s civil war ended with the Taliban takeover, the Islamic State group has carried out attacks on the Taliban and there is an anti-Taliban insurgency in some areas.

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