Saturday, 26 March 2016

Suicide bomber attacks soccer game in Baghdad leaving at least 29 people dead

A car bomb outside a shopping mall in Baghdad by January. Seven people were killed in the bombing and another 11 died when gunmen entered the mall and opened fire on civilians. Photograph: Ahmed Saad/Reuters
An alleged suicide bomber used himself as a tool to blow up a football stadium south of the Iraqi capital, killing 29 people and leaving 60 injured, security officials said, as the military announced new gains on the ground against Islamic State.

The bombing took place during a match in the small stadium in the city of Iskanderiyah, 30 miles from Baghdad, the officials said. Medical officials confirmed the death toll.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Isis has been waging a campaign of suicide bombings in and around the capital as Iraqi forces and their allies battle the militants in the north and west of the country.

The bombing came as an Iraqi military spokesman, Yahya Rusoul, said that Iraqi troops and Sunni tribal fighters had recaptured the town of Kubaisa in western Anbar province from Isis. A day earlier, Isis fighters were pushed out of villages in Iraq’s northern Nineveh province under cover of heavy coalition airstrikes.

Iraqi ground forces are working to build on recent gains in Anbar and prepare for an eventual push on the northern city of Mosul, the largest held by the militants in the territory they control across parts of Iraq and Syria. The US-led coalition estimates that Isis has lost 40% of the territory in Iraq and about 20% in Syria.

Analysts and coalition officials say they expect that as it loses ground on the battlefield, it will turn to more insurgent-style attacks in Iraq and abroad. On Tuesday, bombings in Brussels claimed by Isis killed 31 people and injured 300.

Source- The Guardian

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