Date
20 September 2017
An Afghan soldier surveys the scene of the suicide bombing attack which killed 45 people at a volleyball match. Photo: Reuters
An Afghan soldier surveys the scene of the suicide bombing attack which killed 45 people at a volleyball match. Photo: Reuters

Afghanistan suicide bomber kills 45 at volleyball match

A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of volleyball spectators in Afghanistan, killing 45 people.

At least 50 more were wounded in the attack in Yahya Khel district, Reuters reported Monday, citing Mukhles Afghan, a spokesman for the governor of Paktika province.

Most of the casualties were civilians. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack attack.

The attack took place on Sunday as the crowd gathered to watch the final of a volleyball tournament 

Casualties were high because the crowd was so dense since people had come from nearby districts to cheer on their team.

No other details were immediately available because of the remoteness of the location.

The Taliban and other jihadist militants have unleashed waves of suicide attacks in Afghanistan this year as foreign forces pull out after 13 years of war.

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