At least 45 people were reportedly killed when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives laden vest during a volleyball match in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday (23/112014) in the nation’s deadliest terrorist attack this year.
The attack happened at 5pm, when the local health clinic was closed, so all the wounded had to be transferred to the hospital in the provincial capital Sharana, said Ali Khan, provincial head of public health.
Paktika province spokesman Mokhlis Afghan said at least 70 more were injured, many critically, the Afghanistan Timesreported.
The attack came hours after Afganistan’s Parliament accepted a deal allowing thousands of NATO and U.S. troops to remain in the country into 2015. The agreement approved by President Obama allows U.S. forces to continue to fight al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and aid Afghan troops under attack. That plan also allows for continued air support for the Afghan military.
Deputy Gov. Attaullah Fazli told Afghanistan’s Pajhwok News Service that a bicyclist blew himself up when the grounds were packed with viewers and players.