United Nations condemns terrorist attacks in Afghanistan that kill civilians and diplomats

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday said that at least five of its diplomats were killed in the Afghanistan bombing on Tuesday.

The five diplomats were among the more than 50 people killed in attacks Tuesday in three Afghan cities, the Afghan Interior Ministry said.

Those killed include civilian and military personnel, and six others were wounded in the attack, Kemtoz said. Reportedly, it also injured the provincial governor of Kandahar and the UAE ambassador who was visiting the city. The explosion took place when there was a high-level meeting going on at the guest house.

UAE troops were involved in the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan, and the Gulf federation also trained members of the Afghan armed forces.

Initial reports suggested that Afghan Taliban was suspected to be behind the attack, however, the militant group denied planting the bomb in Kandahar.

At least seven people were killed there.

In the first explosion, a suicide bomber blew himself up next to a minibus transporting government employees. The second attack was carried out by a auto bomb, which was parked on the crowded street.

Mohibullah Zeer, a Health Ministry official, says they were brought to hospitals following Tuesday's attack.

Ghulam Faroq Naziri, a lawmaker from the western Herat province, said another MP from the same province, Rahima Jami, was wounded.

Earlier, the Afghan officials confirmed that UAE Ambassador to Afghanistan was wounded along with the Kandahar governor in the attack.

The Kandahar attack targeted Provincial Governor Homayun Azizi's guesthouse.

A vehicle full of explosives was found nearby. In a short statement, Taliban blamed "internal local rivalry" for the attack.

  • Rogelio Becker