Afghan cricket stadium blasts leave 8 dead, 45 wounded

Eight people were killed and 45 wounded in a series of explosions targeting a cricket match in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, officials said yesterday, the first attack since the holy month of Ramadan began. The blasts took place among spectat
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Eight people were killed and 45 wounded in a series of explosions targeting a cricket match in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, officials said yesterday, the first attack since the holy month of Ramadan began. The blasts took place among spectators in the crowded stadium at around 11pm on Friday (2.30am Saturday, Singapore time) as they watched the local Ramadan Cup, the provincial governor's office said. No group has claimed responsibility yet, but the Taleban said they were not responsible in a WhatsApp message. Jalalabad has a Taleban presence and is also a stronghold of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani yesterday condemned the attack. "By carrying out a terrorist attack in a sports stadium, once again they have proved that they are not bound to any creed or religion, and they are the enemy of humanity," a statement from his office said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 20, 2018, with the headline 'Afghan cricket stadium blasts leave 8 dead, 45 wounded'. Print Edition | Subscribe