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Taliban say they didn't plant bomb wounding UAE diplomats

  • Afghan security forces inspect the site of two large bombings in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Two loud explosions have rocked the Afghan capital of Kabul, causing casualties. The target of the blasts was probably an area that includes government and lawmakers' offices. Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said that first, a suicide bomber carried out an attack, followed by a second explosion, caused by car bomb parked near the site. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    Afghan security forces inspect the site of two large bombings in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Two loud explosions have rocked the Afghan capital of Kabul, causing casualties. The target of the blasts was probably an area that includes government and lawmakers' offices. Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said that first, a suicide bomber carried out an attack, followed by a second explosion, caused by car bomb parked near the site. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)  (The Associated Press)

  • Afghans pass the main gate of the governor's office in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. The United Arab Emirates says five of its diplomats were killed in a bombing in Kandahar, Afghanistan, the previous day. (AP Photos/Allauddin Khan)

    Afghans pass the main gate of the governor's office in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. The United Arab Emirates says five of its diplomats were killed in a bombing in Kandahar, Afghanistan, the previous day. (AP Photos/Allauddin Khan)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this undated photo released by Official Twitter Account of the UAE Embassy in Kabul and made available Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, UAE Ambassador Juma Mohammed Abdullah al-Kaab, center, stands next to Nasrin Oryakhil, left, Afghanistan's minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled, during an official ceremony of the Foundation for Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan orphanage in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The UAE ambassador to Afghanistan was wounded and five of its diplomats were killed in a bombing in Kandahar, Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates announced on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. (UAE Embassy in Kabul via AP)

    In this undated photo released by Official Twitter Account of the UAE Embassy in Kabul and made available Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, UAE Ambassador Juma Mohammed Abdullah al-Kaab, center, stands next to Nasrin Oryakhil, left, Afghanistan's minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled, during an official ceremony of the Foundation for Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan orphanage in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The UAE ambassador to Afghanistan was wounded and five of its diplomats were killed in a bombing in Kandahar, Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates announced on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. (UAE Embassy in Kabul via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The Taliban say they did not plant the bomb in southern Afghanistan that wounded the United Arab Emirates' ambassador and other diplomats the day before.

They issued a short statement on Wednesday, blaming an "internal local rivalry" for the attack at the Kandahar governor's guesthouse that killed five people and wounded 12.

The Taliban claimed attacks earlier on Tuesday in Kabul that killed at least 38 people and wounded dozens.

The Taliban have denied some attacks in the past — attacks that diplomats and security forces later attributed to the group.

Tuesday's Kandahar assault wounded Gov. Homayun Azizia, as well as UAE Ambassador Juma Mohammed Abdullah al-Kaabi and what Emirati officials described as "a number of Emirati diplomats."

Emirati officials did not respond to a request for comment.