A suicide blast today killed at least 80 in a crowd of spectators watching a dog fight in the Afghan city of Kandahar. Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack, but local authorities believe it was the work of the Taliban, which has a large presence in the area, BBC reports. Militia leaders watching the dog fight were the likely target of the attack.
"Fighting had just started between two dogs. Suddenly, I heard a huge explosion next to a police vehicle," a witness said. The attack is Afghanistan's deadliest since 2001, and points to the growing regional and national strength of the Taliban. Dog-fighting, a popular spectator sport in Afghanistan, was banned under Taliban rule.