A pair of attackers from ISIS hit a wrestling match in the Shi’ite part of the Afghan capital city of Kabul. The first attacker killed a guard outside the sports center, forced his way in, and detonated in the crowd. A second bomber detonated outside in a car, causing more casualties.
The wrestling club that was attacked was the most popular and most successful in the Afghanistan. The Isis bombers chose the club to try and strike a blow against the local minority population — wrestlers are their symbol of strength and killing them would prove some sort of dominance.
Statement from Wrestling President Nenad Lalovic on Terrorist Attack in Kabul
CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (September 6) – Statement from United World Wrestling president and International Olympic Committee Executive Board member Nenad LALOVIC following news of Wednesday’s terrorist attacks at a wrestling tournament in Kabul.
United World Wrestling and the worldwide wrestling family are shocked and saddened to learn of Wednesday’s violent attack on innocent wrestlers during a competition in Kabul. We have been in touch with the Afghanistan Wrestling Federation and has offered them any support they require in this time of need.
Wrestling competitions are a place for our young athletes to feel safe as they test their skills, form friendships and learn important lessons about teamwork. Wednesday’s attack looks to shake our confidence, but we stand together with all wrestlers around the world in condemning this barbaric act of cowardice.
United World Wrestling sends its deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who died in this senseless attack.