Afghan attacks: Toll rises to 58, UAE loses 5 diplomats

Jan 12, 2017, 00:05
Afghan attacks: Toll rises to 58, UAE loses 5 diplomats

A bomb blast in southern Afghanistan late Tuesday killed five diplomats from the United Arab Emirates and wounded its ambassador to the Central Asian country, the federation said on Wednesday.

An Afghan official says that at least seven people have been killed when a suicide bomber, who was on foot, carried out an attack in the southern Helmand province.

The UAE foreign ministry said Tuesday that its ambassador traveled to Kandahar on a humanitarian mission aimed at helping Afghan orphans and announcing scholarships.

Earlier on Tuesday, twin explosions rocked the Kabul city and left at least 25 killed.

According to Al Jazeera reports, the diplomats were in Kandahar on a humanitarian mission, were expected to open a number of UAE-backed projects as part of an aid programme to Afghanistan. "We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed and injured", State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters in Washington. Abdul Raziq was unharmed during the attack.

The Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Razeq said that in total 18 people were injured, which also included provincial Gov. Homayun Azizi.

"The first explosion happened outside the parliament.

It was parked on the other side of the road and flung me back when it detonated", he said.

"It is a pity that our youth die in vain every day", said Feraidoon, the relative of a victim who got married three months ago. The attack was a suicide bombing where the bomber came at the spot wearing a suicide vest.

Tuesday's (Jan 10) carnage came just ten days before Mr Donald Trump is sworn in as U.S. president.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officially ended its Afghanistan operation in December 2014, but United States forces still based there were granted greater powers in June to strike at armed groups.

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