4 people were injured in a grenade explosion during a domestic T20 match at the main cricket stadium in Afghanistan

A grenade blast injured four spectators during a match at Afghanistan’s main cricket stadium and play was briefly suspended on Friday, officials and police said. The blast occurred during the country’s domestic T20 league match between Pamir Zalmi and Band-Amir Dragons, which was held at the Kabul International Cricket Stadium.

Hundreds of people attended the match on Friday, a weekly holiday in Afghanistan. Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran said the explosion was caused by a hand grenade, adding that the game was stopped for a few minutes.

Afghanistan Cricket Board chief executive Naseeb Khan said four spectators were injured. “Players, staff members and foreigners are all safe,” he said on Twitter, without offering details.

A top UN official, Ramez Al-Kabarov, who was at the stadium, condemned the “brutal attack”.

“Today’s explosion is another heartbreaking reminder of the horrific and sudden violence that the population in Afghanistan continues to face,” Al-Akbarov, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for Afghanistan, said in a statement.

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

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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