On Friday, May 18th 2018, a series of bomb explosions targeted spectators at a cricket match at the Spinghar cricket stadium in Jalalabad, the capital of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. Eight were killed and at least another 45 were wounded, though some news outlets put the number of people wounded as high at 55.
Two explosives detonated inside the stadium, whilst another two detonated outside, designed to target those fleeing the initial blasts.
Many of the wounded were said to be in a critical condition.
No group immediately claimed the bombing, though the Taliban released a statement denying any involvement.
Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records casualties (i.e. people killed and injured) from explosive violence around the world as reported in English-language news sources.
Last year, AOAV recorded 5,661 deaths and injuries in Afghanistan, of which 55% (3,119) were civilians. The number of civilians killed and injured increased 42% last year in Afghanistan, compared to 2016.
It was the worst year AOAV had ever recorded for civilian harm from explosive weapons in Afghanistan.
AOAV calls on all states to urgently address the threat of IED attacks. There is an urgent need for preventative measures to be implemented by States and the international community.
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