Spanish Tourists Killed in Gunmen Attack in Afghanistan’s Bamyan Province

 Spanish Tourists Killed in Gunmen Attack in Afghanistan’s Bamyan Province

KABUL: Three Spanish tourists were killed, and at least one other Spaniard was injured in a gunmen attack in Afghanistan’s central Bamyan province, Spain’s foreign ministry reported on Friday.

Earlier, Taliban interior ministry spokesman Abdul Mateen Qani confirmed that the attack resulted in the deaths of three foreign tourists and one Afghan citizen. Additionally, four foreign nationals and three Afghans sustained injuries during the assault. Authorities have arrested four suspects in connection with the incident.

Spain’s foreign ministry has fully mobilized its consular emergency unit to assist the victims and their families. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez expressed his shock and sorrow on social media platform X, condemning the attack and mourning the loss of Spanish lives. The motive behind the attack remains unclear.

Bamyan, known for its mountainous terrain, houses a UNESCO World Heritage site and the remnants of two giant Buddha statues destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. Since regaining control of Afghanistan in 2021, the Taliban have pledged to restore security and promote tourism, including selling tickets to access the Buddha statues.

Friday’s incident marks one of the most severe attacks on foreign nationals since the Taliban’s takeover in 2021. Notably, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for a 2022 attack that injured Chinese citizens at a hotel frequented by Chinese businessmen in Kabul.

The recent violence underscores the ongoing security challenges in Afghanistan despite the Taliban’s efforts to stabilize the country and attract tourists.

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