KABUL/ABU DHABI – UAE Ambassador to Afghanistan Juma Al Kaabi, who was injured in a bomb blast in Afghanistan passed away on Wednesday.

“With great sadness and sorrow, we mourn the martyr of the nation and his duty, the righteous son Juma Mohammed Abdullah al-Kaabi, who gave his pure soul for the sake of humanity. We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return,” the Ministry of Presidential Affairs said in a statement quoted by official news agency WAM Arabic.

Al Kaabi had sustained wounds in a bomb attack in Kandahar last month that also killed five Emirati aid workers among 56 people.

The bombing targeted the guesthouse of provincial governor Homayun Azizi, who was also wounded in the incident.

Following the attack, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited Afghanistan to see to the wounded and was even reassured of the condition of the late ambassador.

The Taliban denied carrying out the bombing, saying the attack was a result of “internal local rivalry”.