UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Eight people were killed and dozens injured in several bombings at a sports stadium during a cricket match in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Friday night, officials said.
Suhareb Qadri, a local councilor, said the bombings took place after evening prayers at a football stadium where a cricket match was held at the start of Ramadan.
A statement from the United Nations mission in Afghanistan said four bombings, two of them inside the stadium and two outside, appeared to target those fleeing the bombings inside.
Eight people were killed and 43 injured in at least three consecutive explosions, said Atallah Khujiani, spokesman for the provincial governor of Nangarhar province.
“I am angry at this attack, which was made using four bombs carefully used to kill and maim civilians who were watching cricket,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, UN special representative in Afghanistan. “This brutal act can not be justified at all. .
No one has claimed responsibility for the incident, but the Taliban have issued a statement denying their involvement in the attack.
The Nangarhar province on the border with Pakistan has seen an upsurge in violence this year, the most recent of which was the coordinated attack last week on a government building that killed at least 15 people, for whom the Islamic state has claimed responsibility.
The provincial governor was removed from office last week because of the security deterioration in the region, which has become a stronghold for fighters of the Islamic State Organization and Taliban fighters.