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Afghanistan: UAE Ambassador injured in Kandahar Blast

Afghanistan: UAE Ambassador injured in Kandahar Blast

A bomb blast in Afghanistan's Kandahar region killed five Emirati diplomats and wounded more than a dozen others, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced on Wednesday (11 January).

A twin bomb attack in Kabul killed 45 people, which the Taliban said it carried out.

"Indiscriminate attacks against civilians, including diplomatic envoys, are violations of human rights and global humanitarian law and can not be justified", said Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, in a statement issued overnight, in which the United Nations extended its deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured while expressing its solidarity with the people and Governments of Afghanistan and of the UAE.

"There can be no justification for such a despicable act, particularly against diplomats who were on a humanitarian mission", Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a statement.

Interior ministry spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi said a suicide bomber struck first, followed by a vehicle bomb, adding that four police officers are among those killed.

The five were killed on Tuesday while engaged in humanitarian, educational and development work, state news agency WAM reported, adding President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan had ordered flags flown at half mast for three days in mourning. Abdul Raziq was unharmed during the attack. Reportedly, it also injured the provincial governor of Kandahar and the UAE ambassador who was visiting the city.

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In the first explosion, a suicide bomber blew himself up next to a minibus transporting government employees.

"The second one was a auto bomb".

The attacks were also denounced by Pakistan, Iran, India, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Singapore and other countries. The attack was a suicide bombing where the bomber came at the spot wearing a suicide vest.

"The deaths of scores of civilians in today's Kabul bomb attacks indicates that the Taliban are pressing ahead with a gruesome campaign of violence that makes no effort to spare civilian lives", Amnesty International said in a statement.

Tuesday's carnage came just ten days before Donald Trump is sworn in as U.S. president. The US mission had ended in 2014.

Emirati combat troops deployed to Afghanistan after the 2001 USA -led invasion that toppled the Taliban.


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