Twin explosions in southern Kandahar province on Tuesday killed at least 11 people, officials said.
Fourteen more were wounded in the blast which happened during a meeting between senior Afghan figures and UAE diplomats including its ambassador at a guesthouse in the provincial capital city Kandahar, police chief Abdul Raziq said.
The dead included also the provincial deputy governor Abdul Ali Shamsi, provincial head of foreign affairs, Shah Ahmad Saeedi and U.S.-based Afghan diplomat Yama Quraishi and MP Baz Mohammad Jowzjani, Senator Sirajuddin Safari and five UAE nationals.
The injured included also provincial governor Humayoun Azizi, UAE Ambassador Juma Mohammed Abdullah al-Kaabi, the provincial governor's chief of staff Shekib Majroh, businessmen and directors.
Reports suggested the blast was triggered by a remote-controlled bomb which was placed under the couch of the guesthouse where officials gathered.
UAE ambassador was in Kandahar on humanitarian mission to lay foundation stone for the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan center for orphans, according to UAE foreign ministry.
"In these difficult moments, the Ministry, through the special operations room, in conjunction with the armed forces and the concerned state authorities, as well as the Afghan government, is following up the developments of this terrorist attack," the ministry said in a statement.
Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on Twitter Wednesday confirmed that five UAE nationals had been killed following the blast.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing. Talliban denied having link.
A security official told 1TV on condition of anonymity that bombing had beenplanned at a seminary in Chaman of Baluchistan, Pakistan.
Earlier on Tuesday, twin blasts killed at least 30 people including security officials and injured 80 more in Kabul.