Kandahar’s deputy governor succumbs to injuries
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Deputy Governor of southern Kandahar province Abdul Ali Shamsi died on Wednesday of the wounds he had suffered in yesterday’s suicide bombing, an official said.
The governor’s spokesman, Samim Khpalwak, confirmed to Pajhwok Afghan News that Shamsi had suffered deep wounds in the overnight bombing. The deputy governor succumbed to his injures this morning.
Governor Humayun Azizi and United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador Juma Al Kabi were among the wounded, he said. The blast took place inside the governor’s house at about 7pm.
At least 12 people were killed and 14 others wounded in the attack. The injured include the governor’s office head, commerce and industry deputy chief Sadiq Momand, trader Hashim Karzai and others.
Kandahar foreign affairs head Saeed Ahmad was among the dead while Shamsi was said to be missing. Sources said some bodies were burnt beyond recognition.
A doctor at the Mirwais Civil Hospital, requesting not to be named, said they had received 12 injured people, including Governor Azizi and the UAE ambassador.
He said the injured were being treated and their wounds were not life-threatening. The UAE envoy arrived in Kandahar to lay the foundation stone of an orphanage.
The Taliban have denied involvement in the deadly attack. The group’s spokesman Qari Yusuf Ahmadi linked the bombing to internal differences among officials.
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