2 die in blast near Kabul International Stadium


A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest at a checkpoint outside a cricket stadium in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday while a T20 match was underway, killing at least two people and injuring seven more.

The Kabul cricket board officials confirmed the incident took place close to Alokozay cricket stadium.

Afghanistan has suffered a string of deadly bomb attacks in the past few months, including a bombing at a mosque in Herat in early August that killed at least 29 people during evening prayers.

Officials initially said the explosion was at a stadium gate but security sources later corrected this and said the blast had been at a security check point leading to the stadium.

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While the blast happened, a league match was going on at the Kabul International Cricket Stadium, near which the explosion took place. All players are safe and a cricket match, which was underway, was stopped immediately, Tolo News reported.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Afghanistan has always been a victim of terrorism and has been deprived of regular global cricket games due to security concerns.