Attack on tourists in Afghanistan widely condemned

KABUL, Afghanistan – The attack on foreign tourists in Bamiyan province in central Afghanistan has drawn widespread condemnation globally.

The European Union’s spokesperson, Nabila Massrali, issued a statement condemning the attack “in the strongest terms” against the tourists. “Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of the victims who lost their lives and those injured in the attack,” she wrote.

The U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West, expressed sympathy for the victims’ families. “The United States is deeply saddened to hear about the shooting attack in Bamyan, which killed and wounded Afghan civilians and foreign nationals,” he said on X.

The U.S. Chargé d’Affaires for Afghanistan, Karen Decker, also condemned the attack on X, calling it “cowardly.” “I condemn the cowardly attack on innocent people in the Bamyan bazaar today,” she said. “Afghanistan has seen too much violence.”

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Nasir Kanani, expressed his country’s condemnation, labeling the incident a “terrorist attack.”

Former President Hamid Karzai also condemned the attack as a “terrorist” act. “I condemn the armed attack in Bamyan province, which resulted in the killing of three Spanish citizens and one of our countrymen, as well as wounding several other foreign tourists and civilians, as a terrorist incident,” Karzai said.

Sources revealed to Amu that seven people, including four foreign tourists and three Afghan nationals, were killed in the gunmen attack on Friday in Bamiyan’s center.