A suicide bomber killed three people (including a policeman) and injured twelve others after blowing up himself near the Kabul cricket stadium. As per latest reports, a league match (Shpageeza Cricket League) was going on at the Kabul International Cricket Stadium, near which the explosion took place.
Reportedly, the bomber detonated the bomb after he was stopped at a security checkpoint. He was walking towards the stadium where a match was under way. This was his suspected target.
Basir Mujahid, a policeman spoke to the AFP and said, “The security forces by sacrificing themselves have prevented the attacker from reaching the crowd (inside the stadium) and creating a catastrophe,”
Several ambulances were seen speeding away from the scene, apparently taking the injured to hospital, an AFP reporter said.
Farid Hotak, a spokesman for the Afghanistan Cricket Board spoke to AFP and said, “The game was briefly interrupted and all players and cricket board officials are safe.” The last attack which took place in Kabul was on August 29 when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a bank.
Meanwhile, the Shpageeza Cricket League began on Monday. It includes six teams and runs from 11 September until 22 September. All teams have a handful of foreign players, with many coming from Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.