India expresses grief over attack on UAE diplomats in Afghanistan

New Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS) India on Thursday expressed grief over news of death of several UAE nationals and injuries to the UAE ambassador in Afghanistan in a recent terrorist attack.

The statement, without naming any country, said international terrorism continues to have its epicentre in “our region”. It also said India remains firmly committed to working closely and actively with the UAE and Afghanistan to eradicate the curse of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

“We are deeply saddened with the news of the death of several UAE nationals, among others, and the serious injuries suffered by the UAE Ambassador to Afghanistan resulting from a bomb blast that took place at a guesthouse in Kandahar on January 10 during a meeting between senior Afghan officials and UAE diplomats,” said an External Affairs Ministry statement.

“This dastardly terrorist attack is all the more condemnable as the UAE Ambassador was in Kandahar on a humanitarian mission to lay foundation stone for the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan centre for orphans. We offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and wish speedy recovery to those injured in the attack,” it said.

The statement said the “cowardly attack” brings in sharp focus once again the “inhumane suffering inflicted on the peace loving people of the region by the abominable phenomenon of international terrorism, which sadly continues to have its epicentre in our region and is pursued brazenly as an instrument of state policy to achieve narrow political objectives.”

“We stand by the people and the government of UAE and Afghanistan in our common fight against this menace which threatens all societies across the globe,” it said.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday said five of its diplomats were killed in an attack in Kandahar city.

A statement from the UAE Foreign Ministry said they were targeted while on a mission regarding development, humanitarian and educational projects in Afghanistan, Efe news agency reported.