Five Emirati humanitarian workers killed in bomb attack

Five Emirati humanitarian workers killed in bomb attack
Afghan policemen standing guard at the site of an explosion near the governor's compound in Kandahar. (JAWED TANVEER/AFP/Getty Images)
Published: 11 January 2017 - 8:20 a.m.

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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