Afghan bomb killed five Emirati humanitarian workers, UAE confirms

President Sheikh Khalifa ordered flags to fly at half-mast for three days in mourning

Afghan policemen standing guard at the site of an explosion near the governor's compound in Kandahar. (JAWED TANVEER/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghan policemen standing guard at the site of an explosion near the governor's compound in Kandahar. (JAWED TANVEER/AFP/Getty Images)

Five Emirati humanitarian workers were killed in a bomb attack at the headquarters of the Governor of Kandahar in the southern Afghan city, the UAE official news agency reported on Wednesday.

The five were killed on Tuesday while engaged in humanitarian, educational and development work, state news agency WAM reported, adding President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan had ordered flags flown at half-mast for three days in mourning.

Those killed have been named as Mohammed Ali Zainal Al Bastaki, Abdullah Mohammed Essa Obaid Al Kaabi, Ahmed Rashid Salim Ali Al Mazroui, Ahmed Abdul Rahman Ahmad Al Tunaiji, and Abdul Hamid Sultan Abdullah Ibrahim Al Hammadi.

Afghan officials said the explosion killed at least seven people and wounded 18 others, including the UAE ambassador to Afghanistan.

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Posted by: Nargis Raza

May all the victims souls Rest in Peace. A very sad day for the UAE.
It is even sadder as they were killed whilst on a humanitarian mission.
There is nothing to condone such a horrendous act of terrorism.
All terrorist acts are cowardly and achieve nothing other than to create fear.

Posted by: Veronica Chapman

RIP Condolences to all the families.

Posted by: Maryiam

My deepest condolences to the UAE, who have been on the forefront with regional humanitarian efforts, for the loss of your nationals in Afghanistan.

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