Officials confirm four Arabs are among those killed while UAE ambassador and Kandahar governor were both wounded
At least nine people were killed and 16 wounded in an explosion at a provincial government guesthouse in Kandahar city on Tuesday night.
The governor’s spokesman Samim Khpolwak, who is himself injured, said the UAE ambassador Juma Mohammed Abdullah Al Kaabi, another UAE envoy and the Kandahar governor, Hamayun Azizi, were wounded in the explosion.
He also said at least four Arabs, who were bodyguards, were among those killed.
A source told the governor is in serious condition.
He said the Kandahar police chief, General Abdul Raziq, who was also at the guesthouse at the time of the explosion, was unharmed.
The wounded are being treated at Kandahar hospitals.
Officials said the explosion happened during a high-level meeting at the guesthouse.
They said survivors claimed explosives had been placed in a couch in the lounge of the guesthouse where the officials had gathered.
No group has claimed responsibility yet for the attack.