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Islamic State takes responsibility for attack in Afghanistan resulting in the deaths of 3 Spanish citizens and 3 Afghans

Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Attack on Foreigners in Central Afghanistan

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the tragic attack in central Afghanistan that resulted in the deaths of three Spanish citizens and three Afghans. The incident took place in Bamiyan province, a popular tourist area, where a bus carrying tourists and guides was targeted by IS fighters.

Seven people were also wounded in the attack, and seven suspects were arrested at the scene, according to Abdul Mateen Qani, a spokesman for the interior minister. The Islamic State group stated on its Aamaq news agency that the attack was carried out in response to their leaders’ directive to target citizens of the European Union wherever they may be found.

Spain’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the deaths of three Spaniards and injuries to at least one more individual. The wounded individuals have been transported to Kabul for treatment and are reported to be in stable condition.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez expressed his shock and sorrow over the incident on social media. The Islamic State group’s affiliate in Afghanistan has been a major rival to the Taliban, carrying out attacks on various targets across the country.

In a country trying to attract more tourists, the Taliban has been actively working to increase the number of visitors. Bamiyan, the site of the attack, was once home to ancient Buddha statues that were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001 at the urging of al-Qaeda.

In a separate incident on Monday, a hand grenade exploded in Kandahar, resulting in the death of at least one civilian and injuring three others. Police are currently investigating the explosion, and no group has claimed responsibility for the incident.

The situation in Afghanistan remains volatile, and attacks such as these highlight the ongoing security challenges in the region.

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