Death toll rises to three in Afghan cricket stadium attack

Update 2.41pm: A suicide bomber struck outside a cricket stadium during a match in Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday, killing at least three people and wounding seven others, officials said.

Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid said hundreds of people were inside watching a match when the bomber struck outside the gates where security guards were searching people.

Health Ministry official Mohammad Salim Rasouli confirmed the death toll, saying at least seven other people were wounded.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack.

The stadium was packed with people watching the Shpageeza Cricket League 2017, Afghanistan's annual domestic T20 Tournament.

The Tournament, which features six teams, started on September 11 and runs through to September 22.

All the teams have foreign players, mainly from Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

The match was on a break while the attack happened, but resumed without delay.

Earlier: A suicide bomber has attacked a cricket stadium in the Afghan capital of Kabul, killing at least two people and wounding at least seven.

Basir Mujahid, spokesman for Kabul police, said the attack just outside the gates of the stadium happened as hundreds of people were inside enjoying a cricket match.

Afghan security police are standing guard near the site of the deadly suicide attack.

On August 29, a suicide bombing in a busy commercial area in Kabul near a string of banks and not far from the US Embassy killed at least five people.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack.


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