Cricket Stadium blast draws ringing denunciation


KABUL: The explosion at the Kabul Cricket Stadium drew global condemnation as António Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, called it an act in violation of humanitarian law.
In a tweet this morning, Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the attack and said 19 people were killed and several others wounded in Friday’s explosion during Shpagiza Cricket League. “Attacks on civilians and civilian facilities violate international humanitarian law.” 
In addition, the U.N. Deputy Special Representative, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov, also condemned the explosion. Ramiz expressed his condolences to the victims’ families and the Afghanistan Cricket Board in a message.
Moreover, Mansoor Ahmed Khan, Pakistan’s ambassador to Kabul, expressed his grief regarding the attack, which he also said killed 19 people. 
This is while the Kabul Police Headquarters officials deny the United Nations and Pakistani ambassador’s figures regarding the casualties. The Taliban claim only 13 people were injured and only one died in hospital. 
As of yet, no one has claimed responsibility for the explosion.