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UAE ambassador dies of Afghan bomb blast injuries

The UAE ambassador to Afghanistan who was badly injured in a bomb attack in Kandahar province last month has died, it was announced on Wednesday.

Juma Mohammed Abdullah al-Kaabi was caught up in the attack that killed 11 others at the Kandahar governor’s guesthouse on January 10.

“With great sadness and sorrow, we mourn the martyr of the nation and his duty, the righteous son Juma Mohammed Abdullah al-Kaabi, who gave his pure soul for the sake of humanity,” the UAE’s ministry of presidential affairs said in a statement carried by state news agency WAM.

He had been receiving treatment for his wounds at a hospital in Abu Dhabi.

Afghani President Ashraf Ghani has ordered a full investigation into the bomb attack on the governor’s house in southern Kandahar province in which five Emirati humanitarian workers were killed.

The Emiratis who died were 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.

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