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United Arab Emirates says 5 diplomats killed in Afghan blast

/ 02:26 PM January 11, 2017
Afghanistan, explosion, bombing

Afghan security forces inspect the site of two large bombings in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Two loud explosions have rocked the Afghan capital of Kabul, causing casualties. The target of the blasts was probably an area that includes government and lawmakers’ offices. Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said that first, a suicide bomber carried out an attack, followed by a second explosion, caused by car bomb parked near the site. AP

KABUL, Afghanistan — The United Arab Emirates says five of its diplomats were killed in a bombing in Kandahar, Afghanistan, the previous day.

The UAE said on Wednesday it will fly the nation’s flags at half-mast in their honor.

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Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE’s prime minister and vice president, said on Twitter that “there is no human, moral or religious justification for the bombing and killing of people trying to help” others.

Afghan officials previously said the blast killed five people and wounded 12. Among the wounded were Kandahar Gov. Homayun Azizia, as well as UAE Ambassador Juma Mohammed Abdullah al-Kaabi.

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The Taliban issued a statement Wednesday saying they did not plant the bomb, instead blaming an “internal local rivalry” for the attack.

READ: Blasts in three Afghan cities kill around 50, wound 100

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