28 Feb 2011

Eight killed in bomb attack on illegal dogfight

11:30 am on 28 February 2011

Eight people have been killed in a double bomb attack on a crowd gathered for an illegal dogfight in southern Afghanistan.

The blasts on Sunday occurred in Arghandab district, on the outskirts of Kandahar city, a police spokesman says. Twelve civilians and five policemen were also reportedly injured.

No group has yet said it carried out the attack, the BBC reports, but the Taliban regularly target large public gatherings.

NATO forces have been battling to take control of Kandahar from the Taliban, whose heartland it is.

Dogfighting competitions, which were banned under the Taleban regime, are a popular pastime in Afghanistan. In February 2008, at least 65 people were killed by a suicide bomb at a dogfight in Kandahar.

On Saturday a suicide bomber blew himself up at a buzkashi match in northern Afghanistan, killing at least three people. A precursor of polo, buzkashi is played with the sand-filled body of a headless goat.