Suicide bomber kills three near Kabul cricket stadium: police

By AFP
Published: September 13, 2017
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Afghan policemen stand guard at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan September 13, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Afghan policemen stand guard at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan September 13, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

KABUL: A suicide bomber killed three people including a policeman and wounded five others after blowing himself up near a cricket stadium in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, police said.

The attacker detonated the bomb after he was stopped at a security checkpoint as he walked towards the stadium where a match was under way.

“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 said.

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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.

The blast happened during a cricket match inside the stadium, Farid Hotak, a spokesman for the Afghanistan Cricket Board, said.

The game was briefly interrupted, Hotak said, adding “all players and cricket board officials are safe”.

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