5 suspects held in connection with Kandahar attack
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Police on Wednesday claimed arresting five suspects in connection with yesterday’s attack in southern Kandahar province.
Police Chief Gen. Abdul Raziq told reporters here that 11 people were killed and 18 others, including the United Arab Emirates ambassador and Governor Humayon Azizi, were wounded in the assault.
President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday roundly condemned the overnight attack on the governor’s house and ordered a probe into the incident.
The blast took place inside the guesthouse at the governor’s house at about 8pm. UAE Ambassador Juma Mohammed Abdullah al-Kabi was also in the guesthouse when the explosion happened. Kabi was on a visit to Kandahar to participate in the inauguration ceremony for an orphanage in the southern city.
Gen. Raziq said Deputy Governor Abdul Ali Shamsi, Foreign Affairs Director Shah Ahmad Saeed, Afghan Diplomat in Washington Dr. Yama, Wolesi Jirga Member Baz Mohammad Jawzjani, Senator Sirajuddin Safari and five diplomats from the UAE were among the dead.
He said a tip off was received about a possible attack on the governor’s house from the back side and all officials were scanned twice while entering the facility.
He said reconstruction works at the governor’s house were underway and militants might have used the opportunity to plant explosives in the guesthouse.
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