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UAE ambassador to Afghanistan Juma Al Kaabi dies of injuries sustained in blast

Wednesday February 15, 2017 8:30 PM, & Agencies

Juma al Kaabi
[Juma Mohammad Abdullah Al Kaabi (centre), UAE ambassador to Afghanistan, with Afghan children. (File Photo: WAM)]

United Arab Emirates ambassador to Afghanistan Juma Mohammad Abdullah Al-Kaabi, who was injured in a blast in the war-torn country's Kandahar province, died Wednesday.

"It is with great sadness and sorrow that we mourn the martyr of the nation, Juma Mohammed Abdullah Al Kaabi, who gave up his soul for the sake of humanity," the state-run WAM news agency reported, quoting a statement by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs.

Juma al Kaabi was injured in a terrorist attack that targeted the guesthouse of Kandahar’s governor last month. 12 people including the deputy provincial governor and five UAE diplomats were killed in the blast. The ambassador was later transferred by military plane to Abu Dhabi in the UAE for treatment.

The diplomats were meeting when explosives hidden in a sofa detonated inside the governor's compound on January 10.

About ten days before the above incident on December 29, 2016 the convoy of Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was attacked in Balochistan in Pakistan.

Armed gunmen attacked the convoy in which Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was travelling while on a Houbara Bustard hunting expedition in the Guchak area of Panjgur district of Balochistan. Al Nahyan had a narrow escape and was unhurt.

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