Foreign tourists injured in Afghan attack

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By Catherine Hardy  with AFP, Reuters
Foreign tourists injured in Afghan attack

At least six foreign tourists and their driver have been wounded in Afghanistan.

Government officials say gunmen attacked their convoy as it passed through western Herat province.

The convoy was on its way from the scenic province of Bamiyan in central Afghanistan to the city of Herat in the west, according to Interior Ministry spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi.

Their vehicles reportedly came under rocket attack.

Bamiyan is home to Afghanistan’s first national park and is one of the country’s more peaceful areas.

Who was in the convoy?

The group of at least a dozen travellers included:

  • Eight British citizens
  • Three Americans
  • One German

Officials have described the group as “tourists”.

What is known about their injuries?

Not much at this stage.

Six tourists, including one women, have been injured. Their injuries are said to be “light”.

A driver was also wounded.

Has anyone admitted being behind the attack?

No, not yet.

The context

Afghanistan is locked in a violent insurgency. Western embassies typically warn their citizens against all travel in the country due to threats of attack and kidnapping.