KABUL, Afghanistan — The United Arab Emirates said on Wednesday that five of its officials were among those killed in explosions at the governor’s compound in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Tuesday.
The explosions, believed to have been caused by bombs placed in couches before a reception for the visiting United Arab Emirates ambassador and his delegation, killed at least 11 people and wounded 18. Among the dead were an Afghan senator, a member of the lower house of the Afghan Parliament, Kandahar Province’s deputy governor and an Afghan diplomat to the United States.
The governor of Kandahar Province, Humayoon Azizi, and the ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, Juma Mohammed Abdullah al-Kaabi, were wounded, but their injuries were not considered life-threatening, according to Gen. Abdul Raziq, the provincial police chief.
The president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, said in a statement that the officials were in Kandahar “to carry out humanitarian, educational and development projects.” He ordered flags to be flown at half-staff for three days of mourning in his country.
General Raziq said that bombs had been placed in the couches in the provincial governor’s house and that he suspected involvement by the Haqqani network, a Taliban faction, and by Pakistan’s powerful military spy agency, the Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence, better known as the ISI, while providing no evidence for the assertion.Read More