UAE Ambassador to Afghanistan (second from left) during an event in Kandahar
Afghan officials said the explosion killed at least seven people and wounded 18 others
DUBAI: The UAE ambassador in Afghanistan and a number of Emirati diplomats have been injured in bomb attack at a guest house in the eastern city of Kandahar, the UAE foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. "(The ministry) is following the heinous terrorist attack on the guesthouse of the Kandahar governor which resulted in the injury of his excellency Juma Mohammad Abdullah Al Kaabi, UAE Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and a number of Emirati diplomats," the statement said.
The attack on Tuesday took place during a meeting between senior Afghan officials and diplomats from the UAE embassy. Afghan officials said the explosion killed at least seven people and wounded 18 others. In follow-up, the ministry has set up a special operations room in conjunction with the UAE Armed Forces and the Afghan government. The diplomats, who 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.