A suicide bomb attack in a football stadium south of Baghdad killed at least 41 people and injured more than 105.
A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd after a soccer game in a village near Iskandariya, around 40 km (25 miles) south Baghdad, provincial head of security Falah al-Khafaji said.
“They were just handing the trophy to the winners when the suicide attacker blew himself up in the crowd,” Al-Asriya, a police captain from the village said.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the bomb attack, according to Amaq news agency which is linked to the militant group.
#BREAKING Suicide bomber kills 25 south of Baghdad: police
— AFP news agency (@AFP) March 25, 2016
Breaking: #ISIS claims the suicide bombing in al-Iskandariyah,#Baghdad, by SaifAllah al-Ansari, killing 60+ pic.twitter.com/BVb2lSY1Pa
— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) March 25, 2016
Death toll now > 30 after suicide bomber blows himself up in crowd after #football game south of #Baghdad, mayor among those killed – #Iraq
— Jean-Marc Mojon (@mojobeirut) March 25, 2016
Suicide bomber kills 26, wounds 71 south of Baghdad: https://t.co/UXMwSK6T53
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) March 25, 2016
Update – SITE Intelligence Group: Islamic State says it carried out the suicide attack on football stadium in #Iskanderiyah south of Baghdad
— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) March 25, 2016
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