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3 Spanish Tourists Among 6 Killed In Afghanistan Shooting

Afghanistan Shooting

According to the Taliban government, six individuals were killed, including three Spanish tourists and three Afghans, while they were visiting a market in Afghanistan’s Bamiyan city. The incident also left several others wounded. The group was targeted while strolling through the bazaar in Bamiyan, located approximately 180 kilometers from Kabul, on Friday.

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Abdul Mateen Qani, a spokesperson for the government’s interior ministry, informed AFP that the deceased bodies and the wounded have been transported to Kabul. Among the casualties, there were two Afghan civilians and one Taliban member. A diplomatic source revealed that the victims, part of a 13-member organized tour group, were evacuated to Kabul due to adverse weather conditions preventing airlifts.

The Spanish government confirmed the deaths of three Spanish nationals and stated that at least one other Spanish citizen was injured. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez expressed his condolences on social media. The bodies are expected to be repatriated to Spain, with one wounded individual already undergoing surgery in Kabul, according to Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares.

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The European Union condemned the attack, emphasizing its solidarity with Afghanistan. The UN mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, expressed shock and pledged assistance.

Bamiyan, renowned for its natural beauty, including turquoise lakes and majestic mountains, was once home to the giant Buddha statues destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. Despite a decrease in bombings and suicide attacks since the Taliban regained control, armed groups like the Islamic State continue to pose a threat, targeting foreign interests to undermine the government’s authority.

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