Spain’s prime minister confirms death of three Spanish tourists in Bamiyan

Madrid – Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has confirmed the death of three Spanish tourists in an attack in Bamiyan on Friday, May 17.

Sources said that three Spanish citizens were among the four foreign nationals killed in Friday’s armed attack in Bamiyan.

According to the report, another Spanish citizen was injured in the incident.

A list provided to Amu by sources confirmed that one of the victims was a Spanish woman named Elena Villar Sherwood.

Taliban have repeatedly claimed to have secured Afghanistan; however, armed attacks, explosions, and suicide bombings since the start of the new year have claimed dozens of lives, including foreign tourists, in provinces such as Kandahar, Herat, Badakhshan, Kabul, and now Bamiyan. These attacks have also injured many others.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

In a statement on X, Prime Minister Sánchez said, “I am shocked by the news of the murder of Spanish tourists in Afghanistan. I am closely monitoring the situation. The emergency consular unit of Spain’s Foreign Ministry is working to provide all necessary assistance. I want to express my deepest condolences to their families and friends.”

Meanwhile, the Times of Eurasia reported on Thursday that 23 major “terrorist” groups are currently active in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

The report also mentioned that al-Qaeda supports these groups ideologically and through training, and facilitates their recruitment in Afghanistan.