Ramadan Bombing at Jalalabad, Afghanistan Cricket Game – Multiple Casualties
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.
Outraged by yesterday’s attack targeting the #RamadanCup #cricket tournament in #Jalalabad. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. We stand with the #Afghan people in fighting terrorism to bring peace to #Afghanistan. #AFG
— John R. Bass (@USAmbKabul) May 19, 2018
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.
— Dr Waheed Arian (@DrWaheedArian) May 19, 2018
@karimkhansadiq is carrying injured cricket fan by his shoulder to the car during #CricketStadiumAttack in #JalalabadAttack. The coward terrorists didn’t spare the play grounds. They have no respect for the holy the month of Ramadan. @ashrafghani @rashidkhan_19 @MohammadNabi007 pic.twitter.com/vcHHi6acQC
— Darya Khan Shinwari (@daryakhan1) May 19, 2018
8 killed, 45 wounded in a bomb attack in a sports stadium in eastern Afghanistan’s Jalalabad city https://t.co/62ThDlk005
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) May 19, 2018
At least 8 killed, many wounded in bomb attack at cricket match in Jalalabad pic.twitter.com/nSpCDjvCxW
— Ruptly (@Ruptly) May 19, 2018
Totally devastated to know that last night he was martyred along with over 30 #Jalalabad residents as a result of a barbaric and heinous attack on a cricket event. #RIP brother
4 days ago, this is what he sent me via WhatsApp- we lost a great patriot 🙁 pic.twitter.com/hFqeXk1s7q
— Fazel Fazly (@FFazly) May 19, 2018
The #Afghan national cricket team player @karimkhansadiq rushing to take his wounded friends to hospital after last night #CricketStadiumAttack in #Jalalabad, he was there during the attack. @ACBofficials pic.twitter.com/hQYXLy6pBG
— Bashir Gharwal غروال (@b_gharwal) May 19, 2018
Hedayat Zaheer – a young, smart and courageous fighter for freedom & democracy was killed yesterday together with many young Afghans in a savage attack on the cricket stadium in Jalalabad.
R.I.P. my dear friend pic.twitter.com/AW42DUQIa7
— Daud Noorzai (@daudnoorzai) May 19, 2018
Featured photo: screenshot via Twitter