Zuma sends condolences after diplomats killed in Afghanistan bombings

2017-01-13 11:45
A US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II ground attack aircraft plane flies low over US Special Forces units and Afghan soldier positions of the 4th Brigade, 201 Army Corps of the Afghan National Army. (Robert Schmidt, AFP)

A US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II ground attack aircraft plane flies low over US Special Forces units and Afghan soldier positions of the 4th Brigade, 201 Army Corps of the Afghan National Army. (Robert Schmidt, AFP)

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Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma has sent his condolences to Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after five government officials were killed in a bomb attack on Tuesday.

The attack took place at the guesthouse of the governor of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan.

Six people were initially killed, including the deputy governor, two senior Afghan officials, and two Afghan members of parliament.

Reports later confirmed that five more people, four of whom were Arab bodyguards, had died as a result of the bomb.

According to Tolo News, survivors said the bomb was caused by explosives that were placed in a couch where the officials had gathered for their meeting.

On Friday, the South African Department of International Relations and Co-operation issued a statement on the bombing.

38 killed

"On behalf of the government and the people of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the government and the people of United Arab Emirates on the death of five of its diplomatic officials," it said.

"The five UAE officials were on a mission to carry out humanitarian, educational and development projects in Afghanistan in support of bringing peace, security and stability to the country and people of Afghanistan."

Just hours before the bomb attack in Kandahar, two explosions killed 38 people in Kabul when a suicide bomber blew himself up next to a minibus transporting government officials.

A second bomb went off in the same area while rescue teams were in the process of helping those caught up in the initial attack.

"The South African government condemns this act of aggression, as well as the suicide attacks in Kabul, which has witnessed an increase in violence, and extends its deepest condolences to the government and people of Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates in this moment of sadness and grief," the statement said.

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