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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Iraq: ISIS suicide bombing left dozens dead after football match near Baghdad

Soldiers of Iraqi Armed Forces
(Image: Yahoo News)
At least 41 people were killed and more than 100 injured in a deadly suicide bombing in the small city of Iskandereyah, about 40 kilometers south of Iraqi capital Baghdad. An attack took place on Friday, 25 March, at about 7 p.m. local time.

Eyewitnesses and local officials report that the suicide bomber blew himself up in the middle of a crowd in the park, right after the amateur football game. The trophies were just given to the winners, when the suicide bomber detonated his vest with explosives.

Medical officials confirmed the death toll and said it could rise due to the serious injuries.

ISIS (Islamic State) has claimed the responsibility for this bombing immediately after the attack. Statement of the jihadist group appeared on its local Amaq news agency, which is affiliated to the terrorist group.

ISIS has been waging numerous suicide bombings and attacks in Iraq and Syria recently, including the area in and around the city of Baghdad, as Iraqi military forces continue fighting the terrorist group, attempting to push it back from the previously captured territories.

The latest deadly attack occurred in Baghdad earlier this month, when more than 60 people were killed in a suicide bombing in the city of Hilla, nearly 80 kilometers to the south from Baghdad. And explosive laden fuel tanker slammed then into the Iraqi military checkpoint.