ISIS Suicide Bomber Kills 41 People At Soccer Match

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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An ISIS suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest at a stadium outside Baghdad, Iraq, during an amateur soccer match on March 25.

At least 41 people were killed in the Iskandariya explosion and 105 wounded, Iraqi officials said, according to the Independent.

Iskandariya is a mixed community of Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims located 25 miles south of Baghdad. The bombing occurred around 7 p.m. at the end of a soccer game.

A video posted to social media of the attack shows an official speaking in front of a table of trophies and calling out the name of a player before a large blast.

“They were just handing the trophy to the winners, the suicide attacker blew himself up in the crowd,” a police captain from the village, Al-Asriya, told AFP, The Daily Mail reports.

The man handing out the trophies was the town’s mayor, Ahmed Shaker, Independent reports. He died in the explosion.

Social media users have shown their support for their country with the hastag #PrayForIraq, as video footage and pictures of the attack surfaced.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, stating it was targeting Shi'ite militiamen.

The terrorist group released a photo of the young suicide bomber, Saifullah al-Ansari, The Daily Mail reports.

Earlier this month, another ISIS attack claimed the lives of at least 47 people in Hilla, a town south of Iskandariya, when an explosives-laden truck ran into an Iraqi security checkpoint.

ISIS has been largely eradicated from the area, but violence continues to strike.

Sources: Independent, The Daily Mail / Photo credit: Independent, F2/Twitter, The Daily Mail

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