Tourists injured from rocket attack in western Afghanistan

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Six tourists traveling in Herat province in the west of Afghanistan were injured on Thursday when a rocket struck the vans they were traveling in, according to Afghan Army spokesman Najibullah Najibi.

An Afghan driver was also wounded in the attack.

Jilani Farhad, a spokesman for the governor of western Herat province, added that the tourists were from the United States, Britain and Germany.

The injured were among a party of 11 tourists riding in two vans when the rocket struck. They were traveling through Herat’s Chest-e-Sharif district, district chief Farhad Khademi said.
The convoy was accompanied by Afghan Security Force vehicles, he added.

The group was around 25 km (16 miles) from the province’s administrative center.

The incident happened around 11 a.m. local time (2.30 a.m. ET).

The tourists began their journey in central Bamyan province and traveled through Ghor province, before entering Herat, according to Afghanistan’s Interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.

The identity of the attackers is unknown, although suspicions are on the Taliban, who recently stepped up attacks right across the country.

Many countries, including the U.S. and UK, have longstanding travel advisories warning against all but essential travel to Afghanistan due to the security situation throughout the country.

Despite the ongoing insurgency, the country still hosts a small number of tourists every year.

Bamyan province especially is popular with adventure travellers, attracted by its ancient culture and natural beauty.

In 2014, two foreign aid workers working for the International Assistance Mission were killed in the city of Herat.

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