Five UAE diplomats killed in Afghanistan's Kandahar blast

Baku, January 11, AZERTAC

Five diplomats from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been killed in Tuesday's explosion at a hotel in the Afghan city of Kandahar, UAE media reported Wednesday, according to Sputnik news.

Up to 11 people were said to have been killed and 12 injured in the twin blasts during a meeting between Kandahar's provincial governor, a local police chief and the UAE diplomats. The governor and the UAE ambassador were injured in the attack that the Taliban's spokesman reportedly denied involvement in.

"The UAE martyrs have been named as Mohammed Ali Zainal Al Bastaki, Abdullah Mohammed Essa Obaid Al Kaabi, Ahmed Rashid Salim Ali Al Mazroui, Ahmed Abdul Rahman Ahmad Al Tunaiji, and Abdul Hamid Sultan Abdullah Ibrahim Al Hammadi," the UAE's WAM news service said.

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