2 spectators were killed in a grenade explosion in an Afghan cricket match

Two spectators were killed when a grenade exploded during a match at Afghanistan’s main cricket stadium, police said Saturday, a day after the explosion.

Hundreds of people were attending a domestic T20 league match at the Kabul International Cricket Stadium at the time of the blast.

When contacted after the blast, Kabul Police spokesman Khalid Zadran said it was caused by a hand grenade, but did not give any details about the casualties.

Afghanistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Naseeb Khan tweeted that four spectators were injured in the blast.

On Saturday, Zadran said two bystanders were killed in the blast.

“One died on the spot while the other succumbed to his injuries,” he told AFP.

While the level of violence in Afghanistan has decreased since the Taliban took over in August last year, the Islamic State group has carried out several bombings and gun attacks in recent months.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for Friday’s blast at the stadium.

This year’s edition of the Shpageeza Cricket League – its eighth season – is the first such tournament since the Taliban seized power.

Its eight teams include many players from the country’s national team.

Cricket is a popular sport in Afghanistan, with many players gaining international recognition.

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