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Deadly bomb blast also hits bird's fight: Police

01 February, 2013

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KANDAHAR: A bomb exploded among spectators at a bird fight in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing a teenager and wounding up to eight other people, police said.

Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was launched against a “gambling match where local police were present”.

Gambling on animals forced to fight -- from quail and roosters to camels, rams and bulls -- is popular in Afghanistan but was banned by the Taliban during their rule from 1996-2001.

The motorcycle-bomb exploded at a bird fighting pit in the Greshk district of restive Helmand province where a crowd of more than 100 people had gathered to watch the regular match, said local police chief Shadi Khan.

“The explosion has killed a 13-year-old boy and wounded eight other people, all of them innocent civilians,” he said.

In 2008 a suicide blast hit a crowd of men watching dog fighting in neighbouring Kandahar province, killing up to 80 people and wounding dozens more.

The Taliban have been waging an insurgency against the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai since being ousted in a US-led invasion in 2001.

Three cops injured in Kandahar blast: Three police personnel were injured in an explosion in Kandahar City on Thursday.

A police van struck an improvised explosion device in Yakh Karez area of Kandahar City, leaving three cops injured, the Kandahar governor's spokesman Javed Faisal told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP).

The injured were taken to the hospital, he added.

The Taliban have not said anything in this regard till filling of this report.

In Deh Khwaja area of Kandahar City, the security forces defused explosives in the limits of fourth police station, the Kandahar police chief General Abdul Raziq told the AIP.

Local doctor shot dead in Nangarhar: Unidentified armed people shot dead a local doctor in Sarah Rod district of Nangarhar province.

The gunmen killed Dr Hamidullah in Niwa Kala village in Kakrak district of Sarah Rod district, an eyewitness told the AIP.

Hamidullah was a local doctor and was running a medicine shop in the area, he added.

A relative of the deceased confirmed the incident, expressing ignorance about the killers and the reason behind the incident.

When contacted, the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told the AIP the Taliban had no hand in the incident.

“We investigated the incident. The killing of this doctor has no link with the mujahideen. The mujahideen of the area say they had no such dispute with the deceased doctor,” he added.


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