Biden says US killed Al-Qaeda chief al-Zawahiri in Afghanistan
President Joe Biden announced Monday that the United States had killed Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, one of the world's most wanted terrorists and suspected mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Zawahiri, an Egyptian surgeon who grew up in a comfortable Cairo household before turning to violent radicalism, had been on the run for 20 years since the 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in the United States. He took over Al-Qaeda after Osama bin Laden was killed by US special forces in Pakistan in 2011, and had a $25 million US bounty on his head.
Afghanistan-Conflit: two dead in the grenade attack of a stadium in Kabul, according to the Police © Reuters/Mohammad Ismail Two deaths in the kabul stadium's grenade attack, according to
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Kabul (Reuters) - Two people were killed in the explosion of a pomegranate that struck the Main Kabul cricket stadium in a championship match, police announced on Saturday.
The explosion occurred in the crowd while spectators attended a match between two teams from the Local Cricket Shpageza League, the Afghan Cricket Board (ACB) said.
"Two people were killed and some of our injured compatriots," Khalid Zadran, Kabul police spokesman, added that the security forces were looking for attacks.
The killing of Al-Qaeda's Zawahiri: how it happened
Despite a $25 million US bounty on his head, Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri apparently felt comfortable enough with the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan to move into a home in Kabul where he would regularly appear out in the open, on his balcony. But the US government had not given up its pursuit of one of the planners of the September 11, 2001 attacks and the heir to Osama bin Laden. After years of tracking him down, US armed forces fired two Hellfire missiles from a drone flying above the Afghan capital, striking Zawahiri's safe house and killing him, President Joe Biden announced on Monday.
"The match stopped for a while. After cleaning the area, the match resumed," he told Reuters.
At first, officials had reported four injured but had not pointed out any death.
Cricket is an extremely popular sport in Afghanistan, the country's national team continuing to look good on the international scene despite limited resources and the instability of the country. Some Afghans are classified among the best players in the world.
Friday is a public holiday in Afghanistan and the national championship with eight teams, which has been taking place for ten days, attracted a large audience at the capital stadium.
Taliban leaders in power in Afghanistan have sought to minimize the concerns of the international community concerning the security situation of the country, while attacks on the local Islamic State branch continue throughout the country, including in Kabul.
Friday's attack was not claimed.
(written by Gibran Peshimam, French version Benjamin Mallet)
Afghanistan: a bomb explodes in Kabul, at least 22 injured .
Afghanistan-Explus: Afghanistan: a bomb explodes in Kabul, at least 22 injured © Reuters/Ali Khara Afghanistan: a bomb explodes in Kabul, at least 22 injured Kabul (Reuters) - A bomb exploded on Saturday in a shopping street in the Afghan capital, Kabul and at least 22 people were injured, witnesses and hospitals said. The explosion had in a western district of Kabul, very frequented by the Shiite community.