Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned Tuesday's bombing in southern Kandahar province that killed several people including UAE nationals.
The blast triggered by explosives placed in a sofa in the provincial governor’s compound killed at least 11 people, including provincial deputy governor, two MPs and other senior officials. It also injured the provincial governor and UAE ambassador.
In a statement published Wednesday, President Ghani noted that the UAE ambassador had visited Kandahar to provide humanitarian assistance and inaugurate a charity centre.
Calling it a “brutal attack”, Ghani said that “the enemies of stability and development in Afghanistan cannot weaken our people’s strong will in rebuilding and development of the country.”
“Such acts will in no way affect the relations and cooperation between Afghanistan and UAE,” he said.
There was no claim of responsibility for the attack. Taliban denied having link.
The president has dispatched a delegation led by National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar to investigate the bombing.