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Dozens injured and 45 killed at Afghan sports match

At least 45 people have killed and dozens more injured at a sports tournament in Paktika province, Afghanistan.

The spokesman for the region said the attack happened at an inter-district volleyball tournament attended by large crowds in Yahyakhail district this afternoon.

There were too many people gathered in the one place to watch the game. Dozens of others are wounded and we have reports that many of them are in critical condition.

– Mokhis Afghan

Paktika, bordering Pakistan, is one of Afghanistan's most volatile regions where a Taliban-led insurgency is waging an intensifying war against the government in Kabul.

Today's attack is one of the deadliest so far this year at a time when attacks are escalating alongside a contentious election and the inauguration of President Ashraf Ghani in September.

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'Suicide bomber kills at least 40' at Afghanistan volleyball game

A suicide bomber has killed at least 40 people at a volleyball match in eastern Afghanistan, officials say.

Paktia provincial spokesman Mukhles Afghan said at least 50 more were wounded in the attack in Paktia province, where hundreds had gathered to watch a tournament final.

He said most of the casualties were civilians.

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A military source told Reuters said the militants stormed the village of Azaya Kura on Wednesday to avenge the killings of four Boko Haram members by the Nigerian military.

The chairman of the local Mafa district council, Shettima Lawan, said: "They slaughtered 45 people. They've been buried.

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