Terrorist attack at cricket match in Afghanistan kills eight and wounds 45 more after a series of explosions

AT least eight people have died and 45 more wounded following a terrorist attack at a cricket tournament in Afghanistan.

ICC CEO David Richardson has expressed his sympathy after the attack, which took place at a packed night-time tournament on Friday.

 Eight people have died after a terrorist attack at a cricket match in Afghanistan

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Eight people have died after a terrorist attack at a cricket match in Afghanistan
 Three explosions went off in quick succession, according to eye witnesses

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Three explosions went off in quick succession, according to eye witnesses

Three bombs were said to have gone off in quick-succession with hundreds watching on at the Spinghar cricket stadium in Jalalabad.

Richardson said: "We are saddened to hear of the terrorist attack on a cricket match in Afghanistan.

"We extend our thoughts and sympathy to the families of those killed and the wider cricket family there."

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani has strongly condemned the attack, saying: "The terrorists did not stop killing our people even during the holy month of Ramadan.

 At least 45 were said to be wounded after the series of explosions

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At least 45 were said to be wounded after the series of explosions
 No one at present has taken responsibility for Friday's attack

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No one at present has taken responsibility for Friday's attack
 The attack took place during a night-time tournament in Afghanistan

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The attack took place during a night-time tournament in Afghanistan

"By carrying out a terrorist attack in a populated sport stadium, once again they have proved that they are not bound to any creed or religion, and they are the enemy of humanity."

At the time of writing, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

During the 1990s, cricket was banned under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan – deemed to be a distraction from religion.

However, the sport has gone from strength-to-strength in recent years, with the national team obtaining Test status in 2017.

 The attack took place during Ramadan, with Afghanistan's president quick to condemn it

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The attack took place during Ramadan, with Afghanistan's president quick to condemn it
 The attack took place at the Spinghar cricket stadium in Jalalabad

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The attack took place at the Spinghar cricket stadium in Jalalabad

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AT least eight people have died and 45 more wounded following a terrorist attack at a cricket tournament in Afghanistan.