Saturday, 26 March 2016

IS Bomber Kills 41 At Football Tournament In Iraq Today


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At least 41 people have been killed by a suicide bomber who blew himself as trophies were presented after a local football tournament in Iraq.
More than 100 others were wounded in the attack near the village of al Asriya, 25 miles (40km) south of Baghdad.
Video posted on social media shows a local official speaking in front of a table covered with trophies and calling out the name of a player before a huge explosion.
The footage cuts off with a yellow flash of light before resuming with the chaotic scenes afterwards. Mayor Ahmed Shaker was among the dead, along with one of his bodyguards and at least five members of the security forces.
"The suicide bomber cut through the crowd to approach the centre of the gathering and blew himself up as the mayor was presenting awards," an 18-year-old witness told AFP. 
Islamic State said it carried out the attack, which it claimed was targeting Shia militiamen. It also said it killed three Iraqi soldiers in an attack on a military base in Anbar province.