Three foreign tourists shot dead in central Afghanistan

By AFP    May 17, 2024 | 04:48 pm PT
Three foreign tourists shot dead in central Afghanistan
Security forces stand guard in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 2023. Photo by AFP
Three foreign tourists and an Afghan were killed on Friday in the central Afghan province of Bamiyan, said the Taliban's interior ministry.

Deadly attacks on foreigners have been rare in Afghanistan since the Taliban returned to power in August 2021.

Tourists have been traveling to the country in increasing numbers in recent years as security has improved since the Taliban ended their insurgency after ousting the US-backed government.

Arriving in western Herat province Friday evening, a foreign tourist posted on a WhatsApp group for travelers in Afghanistan that he and others were stopped by the Taliban authorities and told "that because of Bamiyan we were no longer safe".

"After some time and Google translate, we convinced them to let us go, they said go eat quickly and get off the streets," the tourist said.

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