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Afghan Governor Office Refutes Reports on Deaths of 10 Foreign Tourists

© AP Photo / Reza Shirmohammadi, FileFILE - In this Dec. 28, 2011 file photo, a former Taliban fighter places a range of bullets before surrendering it to Afghan authorities, as part of a peace-reconciliation program in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan
FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2011 file photo, a former Taliban fighter places a range of bullets before surrendering it to Afghan authorities, as part of a peace-reconciliation program in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan - Sputnik International
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Afghan officials denied reports claiming that 10 foreign tourists were killed in an attack on two buses in the country's western province of Herat on Thursday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, two mini buses carrying tourists from the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany were attacked by gunmen along a main road in Chishti Sharif District of Herat province. At least 10 people were said to have been killed and five others wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Afghan police black a road leading to the site of an explosion, in Kabul, Afghanistan Monday, Aug. 1, 2016. - Sputnik International
Ten Foreign Tourists Killed, Five Injured in Attack in Western Afghanistan

"A group of Taliban fighters conducted the attack on the tourists, injuring at least six… However, no one is dead," Jalani Farhad, a spokesman for the Herat governor, told Al Jazeera.

A number of Western embassies issued travel alerts for their citizens traveling across Afghanistan, referring to threats of attacks and kidnapping.

Afghanistan is experiencing political, social and security instability, as the Taliban Islamic movement and other radical extremist organizations such as Daesh, which is prohibited in many countries, including Russia, continue to stage attacks against civilian and state targets.

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