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UAE ambassador dies of injuries sustained in Afghan blast

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UAE ambassador dies of injuries sustained in Afghan blast

Dubai: The ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Afghanistan died on Wednesday of wounds sustained in a bomb attack in Kandahar last month that also killed five Emirati aid workers, the UAE's ministry of presidential affairs announced.

"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 ministry said in a statement quoted by official news agency WAM.

Juma was wounded in the blast last month that also killed 12 people including the deputy provincial governor and five UAE diplomats. The ambassador was 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.

Provincial police chief Abdul Raziq had blamed Pakistan's powerful spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Taliban-allied Haqqani network for the attack. However, the Taliban had denied carrying out the blast.

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