Foreign tourists attacked in western Afghanistan, says officials


Foreign tourists were attacked by Taliban militants in the western province of Herat on Thursday. Nearly six people were wounded in the incident. The nationality of the tourists has not been identified yet.

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“The convoy was ambushed by the Taliban in Chesht-e-Sharif district. The tourists were on their way to Herat from Bamiyan and Ghor provinces,” said Jilani Farhad, the spokesman for Herat’s governor.

Military spokesman Najibullah Najibi said “The ambush left at least five foreign tourists and their Afghan driver wounded, adding that they were being escorted to Herat city. The attack comes as Taliban militants intensify their annual summer offensive after a brief lull during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, which ended in early July.”

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The Afghanistan Highway has become totally unsafe with the Taliban and other armed groups frequently abducting and killing travellers.