Kabul: The United Arab Emirates says five of its diplomats were killed in a bombing in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Tuesday.
The UAE said on Wednesday it will fly the nation’s flags at half-mast in their honour.
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.
The UAE envoy was also injured in the blast, according to UAE foreign ministry. The blast comes hours after two other bombings near government offices in Afghanistan’s capital on Tuesday that killed at least 38 people. This was one of the deadliest attack by the Taliban in in months. Public Health Ministry official Mohibullah Zeer said another 72 people were wounded in the attack.
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.
The Taliban issued a statement Wednesday saying they did not plant the bomb, instead blaming an “internal local rivalry” for the attack.