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Taliban Claims Responsibility for Attack on Tourists

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | August 06, 2016

Taliban Claims Responsibility for Attack on Tourists

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Six foreign tourists and an Afghan driver were wounded in Afghanistan on Thursday, and the Taliban is taking the blame, CNN reported. 

The tourists were traveling in the western Herat province when the vans they were riding in were hit by a rocket, Afghan Army spokesman Najibullah Najibi told CNN.

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According to CNN, Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi sent a text message to journalists, admitting to the attack and saying, "the foreigners had come to Herat for a mysterious aim."

A spokesman for the governor of Herat, Jilani Farhad told CNN that the tourists were visiting from Germany, Britain, Ireland and the United States.

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The U.S. and the U.K., along with other nations, have advised against visiting Afghanistan unless it is necessary, CNN said. Two foreign aid workers were killed in 2014 in the city of Herat.


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