4 wounded in grenade blast at Afghan cricket match

Moments after the blast went off in Kabul’s cricket stadium. — Screengrab

KABUL: A grenade blast throughout a match at Afghanistan’s most important cricket stadium wounded 4 spectators and briefly halted the sport on Friday, officers and police stated.

The explosion occurred at a match between Pamir Zalmi and Band-e-Amir Dragons within the nation’s home T20 league, held on the Kabul Worldwide Cricket Stadium.

Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran stated the blast was attributable to a grenade, including that the sport was halted for a couple of minutes.

It injured 4 spectators, stated the Afghanistan Cricket Board´s chief government Naseeb Khan.

“The gamers, workers members and foreigners are all protected,” he stated on Twitter, with out providing particulars.

This yr’s version of the Shpageeza Cricket League — its eighth season — is the primary such event because the Taliban seized energy in August final yr.

Its eight groups have many gamers from the nation’s nationwide workforce.

Cricket is a well-liked sport in Afghanistan, with a lot of its gamers gaining worldwide recognition.

Whereas ranges of violence in Afghanistan have fallen because the Taliban’s takeover, the jihadist Islamic State group has carried out a number of bombings and gun assaults in latest months.

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