1 dead, 3 hurt in celebratory gunfire after cricket win in Afghanistan

Kabul: Celebratory gunfire has killed a teenage boy in southern Afghanistan following the national cricket team’s victory against Zimbabwe. Thousands of jubilant fans danced in the streets and fired into the air across the country as Afghanistan defeated Zimbabwe to take the series 3-2 on Wednesday.

Afghan cricket fans celebrate their team’s victory in the match between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. Pic/AFP
Afghan cricket fans celebrate their team’s victory in the match between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. Pic/AFP

A hospital official in Helmand’s provincial capital Lashkar Gah said on Thursday that a teenager “believed to be around 17 or 18 was killed in the celebratory gunfire”.

Kabul police spokesman Abdul Basir Mujahid said that at least three people had been wounded and that officials had arrested 35 people in connection with gunfire across the capital since the win.

Firing guns into the air is a traditional Afghan gesture of celebration, and President Ashraf Ghani had asked fans in a video message not to fete the team’s historic victory with weapons.

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