BBC – Five officials from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been killed in a bomb attack in Kandahar, Afghanistan, officials have confirmed.
They died in blasts at the governor of Kandahar’s guesthouse on Tuesday, where several others were also killed.
The governor and the UAE ambassador were among at least a dozen wounded.
The UAE said the officials had been carrying out “humanitarian, educational and development projects”.
Afghan’s Tolo News quoted survivors as saying that the bomb was hidden in a sofa at the guesthouse. It said that Kandahar police chief Gen Abdul Raziq was among the guests, but was unharmed.
Senior police and intelligence officials were also present, officials say.
Three days of mourning have been declared in the UAE.
UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed has ordered that flags across the country should be flown at half-mast in honour of its “martyred” citizens.