Twin bomb blasts killed eight Afghans on Sunday at an illegal dog fight in the volatile south, officials said.

In recent weeks, scores of civilians have been killed in a spate of attacks across Afghanistan.

Sunday’s explosions went off in the Arghandab district, on the outskirts of Kandahar city, where NATO and Afghan forces have been working to push out Taliban and establish order.

Though dog fights are against the law in Afghanistan, they are still common and often ignored by the authorities.

In this case, however, police had heard about the fight and had just arrived to break it up when a bomb exploded, said district Police Chief Niaz Mohammad. Another blast went off as security forces got out of their vehicle, Mohammad said.

Five policemen were wounded but none killed, he said.

It was unclear who the target of the attack was, though a witness said it was unlikely that it was the police.

“The Taliban also don’t allow dog fighting,” said Ismail Alokozai, who was in the area during the first blast and helped some of the wounded. “This was not the first time that there was a bombing at a dog fight. It is probably the fourth time.”

He said he saw several bodies laid out and estimated that there were about 10 dead.

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