Ramadan Bombing at Jalalabad, Afghanistan Cricket Game – Multiple Casualties

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A bombing at a cricket game in Jalalabad, Afghanistan left at least 8 people dead, and around 45 wounded, many in critical condition. No one has claimed responsibility for the blast as of this writing. This is the start of Ramadan, which has often been an excuse for violence by radical Islamists.

Was it the Taliban? Or ISIS-K (Khorasan)?

The UN mission to Afghanistan reported,

Four explosives were detonated targeting those gathered after evening prayers to watch a match between two local teams at a cricket stadium. Two of the explosives were detonated inside the stadium, and the other two outside, timed in an apparent attempt to target those fleeing the first blasts. The explosions left scores dead and injured, with many of the injured now in critical condition.

“I am outraged by this attack that used four bombs carefully calculated to kill and maim civilians watching a cricket match,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. “This cold and brutal act can have no justification whatsoever; those responsible must be held accountable.”

The game of Cricket has been one tiny bright spot in war-torn Afghanistan. People just out for an evening to watch the match couldn’t even flee without being in danger.



Featured photo: screenshot via Twitter

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