Suicide bomber kills three near Kabul cricket stadium [The Nation] 13 Sep, 2017

A suicide bomber blew himself up near a cricket stadium in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, killing three people including a policeman and wounding five others, police said.The attacker detonated the bomb after he was stopped at a security checkpoint by suspicious police as he walked towards the Alokozay Kabul International Cricket Ground where a match was under way.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the latest in a series of deadly assaults in the city.“The security forces by sacrificing themselves have prevented the attacker from reaching the crowd (inside the stadium) and creating a catastrophe,” police spokesman Basir Mujahid toldAFP.Two of the wounded were police officers.Several ambulances were seen speeding away from the scene, apparently taking the injured to hospital, anAFPreporter said.Scores of police blocked the road leading to the stadium where the sixth match of the Shpageeza Cricket League season between the Boost Defenders and Mis Ainak Knights was under way. The competition started Monday.Hundreds of spectators could be heard from outside the stadium as firefighters washed down the area where the bomber had blown himself to bits.Afghanistan Cricket Board spokesman Farid Hotak toldAFPthe match was briefly interrupted and “all players and cricket board officials are safe”. ”.Thelast major attack in Kabul happened on August 29when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a bank days before the Eid festival, killing five people and injuring several others.Wednesday's assault came hours after eight Afghans expelled from Germany arrived in Kabul after Berlin resumed deportations of Afghan asylum-seekers.It hadsuspended the processwhen a huge truck bomb tore through the city's highly fortified diplomatic quarter on May 31, killing around 150 people and wounding hundreds more.The latest group represented the sixth wave of repatriations of Afghans from Germany since December under a disputed Afghan-European Union deal aimed at curbing the influx of migrants.Berlin has argued that it can safely repatriate people to Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan, even as Taliban and Islamic State militants terrorise much of the country.“They told me that there is no problem in your country and you can live there so you can't stay here (Germany) anymore,” Mohammad Jamshidi, one of the deportees, toldAFP.

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