Kabul, September 13: At least two people were killed and many others were injured after a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a cricket stadium in the Afghan capital Kabul as a domestic T20 match was underway. The attack took place at the Kabul International Cricket Stadium and it is still not clear how many people were injured.
There are no immediate details on the casualties by Tolo News Television, a local news agency quoted the Afghan Cricket Board as saying all players were safe. There are no immediate reports of the players and no one has taken immediate responsibility of the attack.
Some reports said that the explosion happened at around 3:45 pm local time (around 12:15 pm BST) on Wednesday afternoon.
In Afghanistan, cricket has become one of the most popular sports and the national team has become increasingly successful, raising the profile of the game.
The Shpageeza Cricket League season started on Monday and is scheduled to run through to September 22 at the Kabul International Cricket Stadium.
The officials from Afghanistan Cricket Board said that all the cricket players were safe. The officials also said that following the blast the match was stopped immediately but that they could resume the match later.
Till now, no group has taken any responsibility of the attack. In recent months, Kabul has witnessed devastating attacks by both Taliban and the Islamic State.
The T20 tournament which is quite big in Afghanistan has entered its fifth season. The organisers were even able to rope in famous Australian commentator Dean Jones as a broadcaster for its ongoing season.