T20 cricket match is rocked by bomb at International Cricket Stadium in Kabul after grenade explosion kills at least 19
- Afghan T20 match interrupted by alleged suicide blast at central Kabul stadium
- UN Sec-Gen. claims at least 19 killed, contradicting official reviews of zero lifeless
- All gamers and match officers in Shpageeza League match had been mentioned to be protected
- Match reportedly restarted after clean-up at Kabul International Cricket Stadium
At least 19 persons are thought to have died in a reported suicide bombing at a cricket match in Kabul.
The T20 contest in the nation’s Shpageeza League was hosted at Kabul International Cricket Stadium on Friday afternoon, with the blast reportedly going down round 4.30pm.
Local reviews acknowledged 4 had been injured and none had been killed.
But UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres tweeted a condemnation of the terrorist blast, ‘which claimed the lives of at least 19 civilians & brought about extra casualties’.
Fan video exhibits smoke rising above one nook of the stadium as followers flee to surrounding areas (left). Right: there didn’t seem like main structural harm to the stadium
He added: ‘Attacks towards civilians and civilian objects are strictly prohibited below worldwide humanitarian legislation.’
Estimates for what number of had been killed haven’t but been verified.
Taliban spokesperson Khalid Zadran advised Reuters earlier in the day: ‘The match stopped for some time.
‘After clean-up of the world the match restarted.’
Fans (left) had been seen fleeing the affected part of the stadium, with some making their manner onto the pitch. Right: a younger fan hobbles away from the blast zone at the cricket floor
Taliban troopers had been pictured patrolling the world across the stadium tonight after the bomb
A member of Taliban legislation enforcement seems to be on as authorities examine the bombing as we speak
Afghanistan Cricket Board chief govt Nassib Khan insisted all of the gamers and match officers had been protected, with 4 in the group injured.
Spectators’ video confirmed important disruption all through the stadium in the wake of the bomb.
Local hospitals acquired ‘many’ casualties in the wake of the explosion, in line with an envoy from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.
Taliban officers claimed the match restarted, nevertheless it was not instantly clear that is the case
Cricket Board chief govt Nassib Khan insisted all of the gamers and match officers had been protected
Special consultant Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov mentioned: ‘Today’s blast is one more harrowing reminder of the terrifying and sudden violence that the inhabitants in Afghanistan continues to be uncovered to.
‘Sports carry individuals hope, encourage kids and generations alike, play an important function in breaking down obstacles and bringing communities collectively, and function an vital supply of delight.
‘I reiterate that directing assaults towards the inhabitants, together with sporting amenities, is strictly prohibited.’
Dozens of closely armed Taliban enforcers had been pictured surrounding the stadium tonight
Officials downplayed the dimensions of the bombing, however the scale of injury couldn’t be tallied