Car bomb near stadium kills 12 in Afghanistan, says official

Elias Hubbard
March 24, 2018

A auto packed with explosives blew up outside a sports stadium in Afghanistan's restive south on Friday, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens more, officials said, capping a bloody week in the war-torn country.

Health official Aminuallah Abed said the about 40 injured were hospitalized.

The blast occurred as Afghans were celebrating the victory of their national cricket team in a match that qualified them for next year's World Cup.

"The explosion happened at a time when spectators were leaving the stadium after the wrestling match had finished", Zwak told AFP.

Two killed, 20 wounded in vehicle bomb explosion in Lashkargah City, provincial governor's spokesman Omar Zwak says.

Omar Zwak, spokesperson for the provincial governor, said 14 people were killed and 45 others wounded.

The number of casualties was likely to rise, he noted.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

The Islamic State group's local franchise in Afghanistan claimed responsibility for the assault in the heavily Shiite neighbourhood - the fifth suicide bombing in the Afghan capital in recent weeks - via the messaging app Telegram.

The Italian NGO Emergency, which provides medical treatment, said on Twitter it had received at least four of those killed.

President Ashraf Ghani has offered to hold peace talks with the Taliban but there has so far been little sign the insurgents are willing to end their fight to drive out foreign forces and reestablish their version of strict Islamic law.

In January, a BBC study found that Taliban fighters were now openly active in 70 percent of the country.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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