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Islamic State Claims Suicide Bombing Of Iraqi Soccer Stadium; 29 Dead

Islamic State Claims  Suicide Bombing Of Iraqi Soccer Stadium; 29 Dead
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March 27
13:23 2016

A suicide bomber killed at least 29 people and wounded 60 others in an attack on a crowd gathered at a soccer stadium south of Baghdad on Friday, according to multiple media sources.

The US State Department confirmed the attack in a statement condemning it.

The blast occurred during a trophy presentation in the village of Iskandariya about 25 miles south of the Iraqi capital, wire services reported.

Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the Amaq news agency, which is affiliated with the group also known as ISIL or ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) .

“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,” the statement read.

Medical officials confirmed the death toll to the Associated Press.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk to the press.

Daesh is another term for Islamic State.

The Islamic State has carried out several suicide bombings in and around Baghdad as Iraqi forces with US military support recaptured territory from the terrorist group in recent months.

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