ISIS claims suicide bombing of Baghdad Soccer Stadium

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Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, again witnessed a suicide bomb attack on Friday. A suicide bomber blew himself up, killing at least 29 people, in a soccer stadium. The attack took place during the trophy presentation in a small stadium in the village of Iskandariya, about 25 miles from Baghdad. The suicide bomber blew himself when Iraqi military spokesperson Yanha Rusoul announced that Iraqi troops and Sunni tribal fighters recaptured the Kubeisa town in western Anbar province from the IS group.

As reported, the bombing occurred when the military announced that they have gained new territory against the Islamic State (ISIS) group. People had gathered in the stadium during a local match when the bombing took place. Medical officers have confirmed the number of deaths in the bomb attack, also stating that aroung 60 people have suffered injuries. The officials were not authorized to talk to the press.

The Islamic State has carried out multiple suicide bombing attacks in Iraq since Iraqui troops and US military started recapturing territory occupied by the IS group. The terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack in soccer stadium via a statement posted online, monitoring organization SITE intelligence group reported.

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The scene of stadium just before the bombing, Image taken from a video surfaced online

The US State department also confirmed the attack and condemned the killings. The issued statement said, “The United States condemns today’s suicide bombing claimed by Daesh in Al-Asriya. Iraq, which killed and wounded dozens of Iraqis who had gathered to support a local football game. We extend our condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this cowardly attack.”

ISIS has lost 40 percent of its territory in Iraq and 20 percent in Syria since the Iraqi forces and US military started the operations.

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