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Afghan bomb kills 5 Emirati humanitarian workers, injures UAE ambassador

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Image used for illustrative purpose. The word "Afghanistan" is carved into wood in a guard tower at Command Outpost AJK (short for Azim-Jan-Kariz - a nearby village) in Maiwand District, Kandahar province January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Burton

Andrew Burton
DUBAI, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Five Emirati humanitarian workers were killed in a bomb attack in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) official news agency reported on Wednesday.

The five were killed on Tuesday while engaged in humanitarian, educational and development work, state news agency WAM reported, adding President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan had ordered flags flown at half mast for three days in mourning.

Afghan officials said the explosion killed at least seven people and wounded 18 others, including the UAE ambassador to Afghanistan.

(Reporting by Reem Shamseddine; Writing by William Maclean; Editing by Clarence Fernandez) ((william.maclean@thomsonreuters.com ; +97143664253; Reuters Messaging: william.maclean.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net: Twitter: @WilliamMacleanR))
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