Kandahar’s police chief accuses Haqqani Network and ISI for bombings

Dubai/Kabul: The government of the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday ordered three days of national mourning, and all flags to be flown at half-mast, after five UAE diplomats Mohammed Ali Zainal Al Bastaki, Abdullah Mohammed Essa Obaid Al Kaabi, Ahmed Rashid Salim Ali Al Mazroui, Ahmed Abdul Rahman Ahmad Al Tunaiji,Abdul Hamid Sultan Abdullah Ibrahim Al Hammadi was killed in the deadly bombing in Kandahar on Tuesday. The official Emirati news agency, WAM stated the UAE diplomats had been in Kandahar “on a mission to carry out humanitarian, educational and development projects”. Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said on Twitter that “there is no human, moral or religious justification for the bombing and killing of people trying to help” others.

Afghanistan witnessed four deadly bombings two in Kabul, one in Helmand and another in Kandahar On Tuesday which claimed the lives of dozens of people, a number of high ranking officials and UAE diplomats were among those killed in the tragic incidents. UAE Ambassador to Afghanistan Juma Mohammed Abdullah Al Kaabi, Hamayun Azizi, the provincial governor, the consul-general of the United Arab Emirates, Hashim Karzai, cousin of former president Hamid Karzai, Shekib, head of Kandahar governor’s office were among the wounded. The death toll following the twin suicide bombings on parliament staff in Kabul on Tuesday has risen to 51 as about 150 people were wounded. The Afghan Taliban claimed the responsibility of Kabul bombings and suicide attack on a meeting of local security officials and police personnel in Lashkargah, capital of Afghanistan’s largest southern province of Helmand, but the Taliban has denied involvement in Kandahar attack claiming that the reason for the incident was because of internal disputes between local Kandahar officials.

An afghan News Network issued the names of killed and wounded in the Qandar bombings, according to the details Abdul Ali Shamsi, Kandahar’s deputy governor, Nazir Yama Quraishi, an Afghan diplomat in the United States, Shah Ahmad Sayed, Kandahar’s foreign affairs chairman, Baz Mohammad Jawzjani, an MP,  Sarajuddin Safari, Herat Senator, In addition, five UAE diplomats were also killed.

Kandahar’s police chief, General Abdul Raziq on Wednesday accused Haqqani Network and Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan for plotting Tuesday’s deadly suicide attack that killed 11 people, including five UAE diplomats. Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon in Kandahar, Raziq said that an intelligence report received two months ago showed that Haqqani network wanted to target the military leadership of province. “We had our preparations in place but despite this the insurgents were able to place the explosives inside the sofas in the governor’s guest house,” Raziq said. He added that “the guesthouse was being renovated at the time and because of this a number of workers have been arrested on suspicion of having links to the incident.” “Eleven people have been killed in the incident and 13 others were injured,” he said. However other officials confirmed 16 people had been wounded. Chief of the Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said on Wednesday that Pakistan Army stands shoulder to shoulder with Afghan troops and the people in war on terror. Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported that General Bajwa strongly condemned terror attacks in Afghanistan and condoled deaths at hands of cowardly terrorists.

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