Blasts at Afghan sports stadium kill as many as 8 people

People survey the cricket ground where three bombs exploded in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on May 19, 2018.
People survey the cricket ground where three bombs exploded in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on May 19, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
An Afghan security official inspects the scene of three bomb blasts at a cricket ground in Jalalabad on May 19, 2018.
An Afghan security official inspects the scene of three bomb blasts at a cricket ground in Jalalabad on May 19, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
A man who was injured in bomb blasts at a sports stadium in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, being conveyed to a hospital on May 19, 2018.
A man who was injured in bomb blasts at a sports stadium in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, being conveyed to a hospital on May 19, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN (REUTERS) - As many as eight people were killed and dozens more wounded by multiple explosions at a sports stadium in the eastern city of Jalalabad late on Friday night (May 18), officials said.

The blasts occurred at a football stadium in the city that was hosting a cricket match at the start of the holy month of Ramadan, Mr Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the provincial council said.

He said the blasts were caused by two rockets which killed at least six people and wounded 50, but there was some uncertainty about the final casualty total.

Mr Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor of Nangarhar, said eight spectators were killed and 43 wounded by at least three back-to-back explosions.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan, has seen growing violence this year, most recently last week when a coordinated attack on the state accounts office killed at least 15 people.

Last week, the provincial governor was dismissed over deteriorating security in the province, which has become a stronghold for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters as well as the Taleban.