Jalalabad: Eight individuals had been killed and 45 wounded in a collection of explosions focusing on a cricket match within the japanese Afghan metropolis of Jalalabad, officers stated Saturday, the primary assault because the holy month of Ramadan started.
The blasts exploded amongst spectators crowded into the stadium at round 11pm (1830 GMT) on Friday night as they watched the native “Ramadan Cup”, the provincial governor’s workplace stated.
No group has but claimed the murders however the Taliban stated they weren’t accountable in a WhatsApp message.
Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, on the border with Pakistan, has a Taliban presence and can be a stronghold of the Islamic State group.
In September 2017 IS claimed a suicide bombing on a cricket match in Kabul which left three lifeless and 5 injured.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday condemned the assault in Jalalabad.
“The terrorists didn’t cease killing our individuals even during the holy month of Ramadan … by finishing up a terrorist assault in a populated sport stadium, as soon as once more they’ve proved that they don’t seem to be sure to any creed or faith, and they’re the enemy of humanity,” an announcement from his workplace stated.
Cricket in Afghanistan struggled underneath the hardline Islamist Taliban regime within the late 1990s, which considered sports activities as a distraction from non secular duties.
However its recognition has surged within the years because the US invasion, a dizzying rise which noticed Afghanistan turn out to be a part of the elite group of Check nations final yr.