Sui­cide bomber kills three near Kabul cricket sta­dium’

The Miracle - - Ational & Int -

A sui­cide bomber blew him­self up near a cricket sta­dium in the Afghan cap­i­tal Kabul on Wed­nes­day, killing three peo­ple in­clud­ing a po­lice­man and wound­ing five oth­ers, po­lice said. The at­tacker det­o­nated the bomb after he was stopped at a se­cu­rity check­point by sus­pi­cious po­lice as he walked to­wards the Alokozay Kabul In­ter­na­tional Cricket Ground where a match was un­der way. There was no im­me­di­ate claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack, the lat­est in a se­ries of deadly as­saults in the city. “The se­cu­rity forces by sac­ri­fic­ing them­selves have pre­vented the at­tacker from reach­ing the crowd (in­side the sta­dium) and cre­at­ing a catas­tro­phe,” po­lice spokesman Basir Mu­jahid told AFP. Two of the wounded were po­lice of­fi­cers. Sev­eral am­bu­lances were seen speed­ing away from the scene, ap­par­ently tak­ing the in­jured to hospi­tal, an AFP re­porter said. Scores of po­lice blocked the road lead­ing to the sta­dium where the sixth match of the Sh­pageeza Cricket League sea­son be­tween the Boost De­fend­ers and Mis Ai­nak Knights was un­der way. The com­pe­ti­tion started Mon­day. Hun­dreds of spec­ta­tors could be heard from out­side the sta­dium as fire­fight­ers washed down the area where the bomber had blown him­self to bits. Afghanistan Cricket Board spokesman Farid Ho­tak told AFP the match was briefly in­ter­rupted and “all play­ers and cricket board of­fi­cials are safe”. ”.The last ma­jor at­tack in Kabul hap­pened on Au­gust 29 when a sui­cide bomber blew him­self up out­side a bank days be­fore the Eid fes­ti­val, killing five peo­ple and in­jur­ing sev­eral oth­ers. Wed­nes­day’s as­sault came hours after eight Afghans ex­pelled from Ger­many ar­rived in Kabul after Ber­lin re­sumed de­por­ta­tions of Afghan asy­lum-seek­ers. It had sus­pended the process when a huge truck bomb tore through the city’s highly for­ti­fied diplo­matic quar­ter on May 31, killing around 150 peo­ple and wound­ing hun­dreds more. The lat­est group rep­re­sented the sixth wave of repa­tri­a­tions of Afghans from Ger­many since De­cem­ber un­der a dis­puted AfghanEuro­pean Union deal aimed at curb­ing the in­flux of mi­grants. Ber­lin has ar­gued that it can safely repa­tri­ate peo­ple to Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan, even as Tal­iban and Is­lamic State mil­i­tants ter­rorise much of the coun­try. “They told me that there is no prob­lem in your coun­try and you can live there so you can’t stay here (Ger­many) any­more,” Mo­ham­mad Jamshidi, one of the de­por­tees, told AFP.

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