I honestly wonder how anyone can justify this:

A suicide bomber has killed at least 45 people at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan, officials say.

A spokesman for the governor of Paktika province told the BBC that the attacker had detonated the bomb amid a crowd of people gathering for a game.

About 60 people were also wounded in the bombing in Yahyakhail district.

As you might expect at such an event, the majority of the victims were young.

Local reports say a suicide bomber walked into the large gathering before detonating the explosives.

A spokesman for the provincial governor told the BBC that the crowd was made up mostly of young people. He said all of the casualties were civilians.

The dead and injured have been taken to a local hospital, he added, but said the governor has requested that helicopters be sent from Kabul to take the most seriously injured for treatment in the capital.

The BBC’s Richard Galpin, who is in Kabul, says a doctor at the local hospital was crying as he spoke of treating many wounded children.

He said several people had died on the journey to the hospital.

President Ashraf Ghani, who came to power in September, described the incident as a “heinous attack”, according to his spokesman.

I have no idea what the motivation was for this. I am hesitant to even hazard a guess.

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Martin Longman is the web editor for the Washington Monthly. See all his writing at ProgressPond.com