UAE ambassador to Afghanistan dies of wounds


KABUL -- The ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Afghanistan died of the wounds he sustained in a January 10 bombing in Kandahar that also killed five other UAE officials, AFP reported Wednesday (February 15).

Ambassador Juma Mohammed Abdullah Al Kaabi had been leading a UAE delegation to the provincial governor's office in Kandahar when the bomber struck, killing 12 people instantly. Both he and governor Humayun Azizi suffered serious burns.

The UAE's official WAM news agency described the ambassador as a "martyr".

The attack was one of a spate of bombings that hit three Afghan cities on January 10, killing 57 people.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for twin bombs that hit a parliamentary annexe in Kabul and a suicide bombing in Lashkargah, capital of restive Helmand province. But it did not claim the Kandahar attack.

Provincial police chief Abdul Raziq blamed the Kandahar bombing on the Haqqani network, a group separate from but allied with the Taliban.

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