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Naib governor among 11 killed in Afghan blast

Naib governor among 11 killed in Afghan blast
January 11, 2017

PESHAWAR, 11 January: After twin blasts near the Afghan parliament in Kabul on Tuesday, an explosion also occurred at the governor house in the southern Kandahar province, leaving 11 people, including a vice-governor, dead and several others, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ambassador, injured.

Media reports said the blast occurred in the night when the UAE ambassador along with his delegation arrived at the governor house for inaugurating an orphanage. Afghanistan’s Tolo News said naib-governor Abdul Ali Shamsi and Afghan diplomat in America Yama Quraishi among 11 were killed in the blast. It said governor Hamayoun Azizi and the UAE ambassador Juma Muhammad Al Kaabi were among the injured.

The Afghan Taliban have denied involvement in the blast and said the blast was the outcome of internal rifts among Kandahar officials. The UAE government has confirmed injuries to its ambassador in the blast.

Earlier in the day, at least 30 people were killed and 70 others injured in two blasts outside the Afghan parliament when the employees were coming out of their offices.

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