President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has mourned, with deep sorrow and grief, the death of a number of UAE’s sons who died Tuesday evening as a result of the terrorist bombing which took place at the headquarters of the Governor of Kandahar in Afghanistan.
The UAE martyrs have been named as Mohammad Ali Zainal Al Bastaki, Abdullah Mohammad Eisa Obaid Al Kaabi, Ahmad Rashid Salim Ali Al Mazroui, Ahmad Abdul Rahman Ahmad Al Tunaiji, and Abdul Hamid Sultan Abdullah Ibrahim Al Hammadi, who had been on a mission to carry out humanitarian, educational and development projects in the Republic of Afghanistan.
Shaikh Khalifa prayed to Allah Almighty to bestow mercy and forgiveness upon them.
In a statement from the Ministry of Presidential Affairs earlier today, the President directed all ministries and government departments and institutions across the country to fly the flag at half-mast for three days in honour of the martyrs who gave their lives in defence of humanitarian causes.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to mourn the martyrs, saying there is no human or moral or religious reason for bombing and killing those who want to help people.
ننعى اليوم بكل فخر شهداء العمل الانساني الإماراتي في جمهورية أفغانستان، خمسة شهداء ختموا حياتهم وهم يسعون لخدمة الضعفاء والأطفال والمحتاجين pic.twitter.com/P5Nserg3eD
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) 11 января 2017 г.
Shaikh Mohammad said the five martyrs died trying to help poor people and children in Kandahar. He said the Emirati people were proud of them.
More tributes poured in on social media, using the hashtag #UAEMartyrs.
— حسن سجواني (@HSajwanization) 11 января 2017 г.