Another Afghan suicide attack killed 50

There was a horrific suicide attack where scores of people were wounded and fifty people were killed at a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan. The injured people were flown to hospital in Kabul.

Since 2011 series of attack, this has been seen as the country's deadliest one. The bomber is said to have detonated his explosives among packed crowds that were watching a tournament that featured the three local teams in the volatile province of Paktika that fateful day.

This bloody attack has underlined and added to the challenges facing President Ashraf Ghani. President Ghani came to power in September, when US-led NATO troops closed down operations then Afghan security forces take over responsibility from then. Ashraf visited victims being treated for wounds with other delegates. The victims numbered a 400-bed military hospital in the Afghan capital visited.

The casualties most hit were children and young men, wrapped in their bloody bandages.

"Last night 54 people wounded by the terrorist action in Paktika were transferred by military helicopter to the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital (in Kabul)," a spokesman Zahir Azimi who spoke on twitter for the defence ministry confirmed it.

The Taliban did not respond immediate.According to security expert, who said the insurgents are known to often distance themselves from attacks that claim mostly civilian lives.

The dedly attack happened in the Yahya Khail district of Paktika, and it happened at exactly at about 5:00 pm (1230 GMT). It was a time hundreds of people gathered to watch the volleyball, the popular and seasonal sport among young people in Afghanistan.

In telephone chat from an 11-year –boy, Abdulhav with AFP from Sharana, provincial capital of Paktika, One of the victims receiving treatment, has this to say: "I and my friends were watching the game and we were cheering each time our team scored."

In Afghanistan, Paktika is known to be one of the most restive provinces. The province borders Pakistan's lawless tribal areas. The place is notorious for many insurgent leaders seek safety from NATO and the Afghan forces.

President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack in totality and referred to the attack as "inhumane and un-Islamic". Ghani further stated that: "This kind of brutal killing of civilians cannot be justified."

The Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in contribution to the president condemnation of the act also rejected the bombing and vowed to fight the "terrorism that is the common enemy of both countries". Read more

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