An explosion in a guesthouse in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Tuesday killed at least seven people and wounded 18 others, including the provincial governor and the UAE ambassador who was visiting the city, officials said.
"(The ministry) is following the heinous terrorist attack on the guesthouse of the Kandahar governor which resulted in the injury of his excellency Juma Mohammed Abdullah al-Kaabi, UAE Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and a number of Emirati diplomats," the UAE foreign ministry said in a statement following the incident.
The provincial governor's spokesman, Sameem Khpalwak, who was among those wounded in the attack, said the incident took place during a meeting between senior officials and diplomats from the UAE embassy.
Kandahar police chief, Gen Abdul Raziq, one of the most feared anti-Taliban commanders in Afghanistan, was present at the meeting but was unharmed in the attack.
The Gulf Cooperation Council condemned on Tuesday the terrorist attack on the guesthouse, with secretary-General Dr. Abdullatif Al Zayani describing it as "a cowardly, terrorist act which violates human and ethical values and principles".
Al Zayani expressed the GCC's solidarity with the UAE and Afghanistan, adding that the heinous crime came at a time when the UAE ambassador was undertaking an official humanitarian mission as part of the UAE's efforts to implement development projects for the benefit of the Afghan people.