2014 Yahyakhel suicide bombing
|2014 Yahyakhel suicide bombing|
|Part of Taliban insurgency|
|Location||Yahya Khel District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan|
|Date||23 November 2014|
|Haqqani network (ally of the Taliban)|
On 23 November 2014, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a volleyball match being held in the Yahyakhel District of Afghanistan's southeastern province Paktika. The explosion immediately killed at least 50 civilians and injured another 60. Many children were among the dead and wounded. By the next day, the death toll had climbed to 61.
- President Ashraf Ghani, who visited some of the wounded at a military hospital in Kabul, condemned attack as "inhumane and un-Islamic," saying "this kind of brutal killing of civilians cannot be justified."
- Nicholas Haysom, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), called the attack an "atrocity." A statement released by his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon denounced the attack as "fundamentally abhorrent" and expressed his "steadfast solidarity with the people of Afghanistan in refusing to be cowed by such attacks."
- "Survivors tell of Afghan volleyball bombing that killed 57". AFP. 24 November 2014.
- "As Bombing Toll Rises, Afghan Villagers Direct Anger at Government". The New York Times. 24 November 2014.
- "Afghanistan: UN strongly condemns suicide bombing at volleyball match". UN News Service. 24 November 2014.
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