KABUL – An attack on Tuesday in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar left 11 people dead and 12 others wounded, including the ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, a government spokesman told EFE.
The bombing occurred around 6:30 p.m. at the compound of Kandahar provincial Gov. Homayoon Azizi during a visit by the UAE envoy, spokesman Samim Khpalwak said.
Azizi and the ambassador, Juma Mohammed Abdullah al-Kaabi, received non-life-threatening injuries, the Kandahar government official said.
Al-Kaabi traveled from Kabul to Kandahar to meet with provincial leaders and attend the groundbreaking for a daycare center being built in the city at a cost of $2 million.
Four of the 11 people killed were UAE nationals, while the rest were police and employees of the Kandahar government, Provincial Council member Sayed Jan Khakrizwal said.
“After the explosion, the room burst into flames and the victims were left badly burned. Some of the bodies are difficult to identify,” Khakrizwal said.
The provincial police chief and the regional head of the National Directorate of Intelligence were present at the time of the blast, but neither was hurt, police spokesman Zia-ul-Rahman Durani told EFE.
The strike in Kandahar was the third serious attack of the day in Afghanistan.
Seven died in the bombing of a local official’s residence in Lashkargah, capital of the southern province of Helmand, while at least 30 people perished and 80 others were hurt in a pair of suicide attacks near Parliament in Kabul.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in Kabul.