9 Killed, Over 50 Wounded in Suicide Attack on Afghan Cricket Match


A suicide car bombing killed at least nine people and wounded more than 50 at a cricket match in Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said.

The attack took place in southeastern Paktika province, on the border with Pakistan, the officials said.

Authorities initially said the game being played at the time of the blast was soccer, but an interior ministry statement later said it was a cricket match.

The attack probably targeted members of the local government watching the game, officials said.

A similar bombing last year at a volleyball match killed at least 50 people in the same province. The Taliban denied responsibility for the latest attack. The militant Islamist group rarely claims attacks with a high number of civilian casualties.

Since the withdrawal of most foreign troops from Afghanistan last year, Afghan security forces have been fighting the Taliban with limited support.

The Taliban was ousted by a U.S.-led coalition in 2001 and has been waging an insurgency for over a decade.

(Reporting by Samiullah Paiwand, additional reporting by Hamid Shalizi; Writing by Jessica Donati; Editing by Mark Trevelyan ic Walsh)

SOURCE: Reuters