Suicide blast outside Kabul cricket grounds kills at least 3https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/suicide-blast-outsid
KABUL — An apparent suicide bomber set off a blast outside the main cricket stadium in Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least three people as a match went on inside, authorities said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Sports events have been targeted in the past by militants including the Taliban.
All players and spectators were reported safe. The Interior Ministry said initial reports showed one policeman and two civilians were killed by what was described as a suicide bombing.
The cricket match — involving some international players invited for an exhibition event — resumed after a pause.
“We know the enemy,” said Sediq Sediqqi, head of government’s media and information center, but gave no further details. The Afghan government usually refers to the Taliban and militants based in Pakistan as enemies.
“They are against our joy and living, our way of living better,” he said.
War-torn Afghanistan has earned acclaim in cricket in recent years as an emerging force in international play. In 2015, Afghanistan beat Scotland for its first cricket World Cup win.
The tournament underway in Kabul, the Shpageeza Cricket League 2017, features six domestic teams that include foreign players from countries such as Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
In past years, Afghanistan’s national cricket team played its “home” matches outside the country because of security concerns and other difficulties in staging competitions, but has recently hosted events.