Football stadium in Baghdad attacked by Suicide Bomber
A suicide bomber attacked a football stadium in Baghdad on Friday. Reports suggest that the death toll has increased to 29 people with 91 injured in the blast.
Approximately 30 miles to the south of the Iraq capital Baghdad, the bomb blast took place at Iskandariya (known as Alexandria), which is an ancient city. The blast was done during an amateur match being played in the stadium.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) controls large areas of the country has claimed responsibility for the attack. Falah al-Khafaji, the provincial head of security, announced to Reuters that the explosion took place at 16:15 GMT and confirmed the death toll.
The blast was done after the match.”They were just handing the trophy to the winners [when] the suicide attacker blew himself up in the crowd.” The local police officers claimed.
There are several photographs posted on social media show casting destroyed goal posts smeared with blood.
An 18-year-old eyewitness, Ali Nashmi told “The suicide bomber cut through the crowd to approach the centre of the gathering and blew himself up as the mayor was presenting awards to the players,”
Ahmed Shaker the mayor, also died in the incident.
A 20-year-old survivor,Haidar Kadhem said.”I was maybe 50 metres from the spot. The blast was extremely loud,”
“Most of the crowd were young people, I could see them strewn across the field, some dead, others wounded asking for help. It was just chaos.”
The video became viral on social media that displayed the football players gathering to collect trophies after the match. Suddenly, One man throws a new football to the crowd, the camera shakes and the footage ends, when a bomber in the crowd detonated himself with the explosion.
On Tuesday, Islamic State also claimed that they are responsible for the 3 bombings in Brussels, Belgium, which killed 31 people.