Iskandariya suicide bombing

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Iskandariya suicide bombing
Part of Iraqi Civil War (2014–present)
Location Iskandariya, Babil Governorate, Iraq
Date 25 March 2016
Attack type
Suicide bombing
Deaths 41+[1]
Non-fatal injuries
105+[1]
Perpetrators Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (claimed)[2]

A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd after a local football game in the village of al-Asriya, near Iskandariya in the Babil Governorate, in a mixed Sunni-Shiite area on 25 March 2016.[3] The bombing killed at least 41 people and wounded more than 105.[1][4][5] The Mayor Ahmed Shaker was among those killed in the explosion; he succumbed to his wounds in a hospital.[6][7][8][9] The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for attack, claiming those targeted were members of the Popular Mobilization Forces.[2]

The bombing occurred as trophies were being presented after a football tournament. According to eyewitnesses, the bomber went through the crowd to approach the centre and blew himself up during the mayor's presentation of the awards. Many of the victims were young boys; according to an Iraqi official, at least 17 boys between the ages of 10 and 16 were killed.[3]

Reactions[edit]

  • Three days of mourning were declared in the Babil Governorate following the attack.[3]
  •  United Nations: Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who was visiting Iraq at the time, condemned the attack.[3]
  • FIFA: Gianni Infantino, President of FIFA, said "it is a very sad day, when people, going to a match together, become the victims of such violence."[3]
  • Asian Football Confederation: AFC condemned the bombing by issuing a statement that said "Using football and sport stadiums as a stage for these heinous acts of violence is a cowardly, completely unjust and indiscriminate act."[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Toll From IS Suicide Bombing at Iraq Stadium Climbs to 41". AP. 26 March 2016 – via The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b "Suicide blast kills 29 at Iraq football stadium; ISIS claims responsibility". Fox News.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Iraq buries young victims of football pitch bomb carnage". Yahoo News. AFP. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Suicide attack kills dozens at football stadium in Iraq".
  5. ^ "Iraq violence: 'IS suicide attack' kills 29 in football match". BBC News.
  6. ^ "Suicide bomber kills 30 south of Baghdad: police". Agence France Presse, Yahoo News. 25 March 2016. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  7. ^ Reuters Editorial (25 March 2016). "Suicide bomber kills 26, wounds 71 south of Baghdad - official". Reuters.
  8. ^ "ISIS Suicide Bomber in Iraq Kills Dozens at Soccer Game". The New York Times. 26 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Suicide bomber kills dozens at football stadium in Iraq". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2016-03-26.