Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Suicide bomber kills 41 at Iraqi stadium

Suicide bomber kills 41 at Iraqi stadium
March 26, 2016

A suicide bomber has blown himself up at a football stadium south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, killing 41 people and injuring 95 others.

The blast in Iskandariyah happened in the early evening on Friday (25th March) at the end of an amateur football game.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) - which controls large areas of the country's north and west - has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Mobile phone footage widely shared by Iraqis on social media showed players in football kits gathering to collect trophies and footballs as at least one child stood nearby.

One man throws a new football to the crowd, before the camera shakes violently and the footage ends, at what witnesses said was the moment a bomber in the crowd detonated an explosives belt.

Several photographs posted to social media showed mangled goal posts smeared with blood. One image showed a close-up of a football, also covered with blood.

An eyewitness told the AFP news agency “the suicide bomber cut through the crowd to approach the centre of the gathering and blew himself up as the mayor was presenting awards to the players.”

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offered his condolences on Saturday to the families and friends of the 41 people killed, stating that the "the international community stands with Iraqis in horror and outrage."

Speaking during an official visit to Iraq Saturday, Secretary-General Ban said that the battle against ISIL (Islamic State) must comply with international law.

The extremist group has lost ground in recent months in Iraq and Syria, but has struck back with a series of large attacks targeting civilians. ISIL also claimed this week’s attacks in Brussels, which killed 31 people.

Gianni Infantino, President of world football governing body FIFA also offered his condolences to those killed, stating “around the world, football unites people. It is a very sad day, when people, going to a match together, become the victims of such violence.”

Image: The blast at the Iskandariyah Stadium. Twitter/Iraqi Security.

20th November 2015 - ISLAMIC STATE JIHADISTS TARGET MAJOR VENUES IN TERROR CAMPAIGN

18th November 2015 - SAFETY AND SECURITY CHALLENGES FOR PROTECTING STADIA AND SPORT VENUES

20th July 2015 - UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LIST GROWS ALONG WITH CULTURAL SITES ON ‘DANGER LIST’

3rd March 2011 - BASRA SPORT CITY: SOUTHERN IRAQ’S SPORTING ‘PEACE DIVIDEND’

 


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

PRIAVA

About Priava's Technology -  Priava is a cloud-based and centralised venue and event management system aimed at venues of all sizes. With its familiar and easy-to-use web interface, the…

read more

Attractions / Billing / Entertainment / Events / Technology

 
 

LANDER & ROGERS

Lander & Rogers' Sports Business Group is the leading sports law practice in Australia, representing over 150 national and international sporting bodies. Our clients include international…

read more

Legal

 
 

Aflex Inflatables

Aflex Inflatables are the leaders for obstacle courses, pool toys, waterparks and land-based watersides and fitness runs. They are industry leaders offering the widest range of pool, lake and beach…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Waterparks

 
 

Australian Innovative Systems

Australian Innovative Systems (AISystems) is a multi-award winning, Australian owned leader in the design, production and supply of commercial and residential chlorine generators and water…

read more

Aquatics / Safety / Technology

 
 

Supreme Heating

Supreme Heating is a proud Australian owned company specialising in the latest energy efficient heating solutions. Since 1990, Supreme Heating has designed and installed commercial pool heating…

read more

Aquatics / Environment / Recreation

 
 

MYZONE

Myzone is the industry’s leading wearable technology solution. Myzone’s wearable products show and reward effort when you work out. It displays accurate real-time heart rate, calories, and…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

LES MILLS ASIA PACIFIC

Les Mills Asia Pacific Les Mills Asia Pacific (LMAP) have been setting the benchmark for providing professional fitness solutions across Australia and South East Asia since 1996. Our world renowned…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

The Jump Pad

The Jump Pad is a safe, flat inflatable made in a variety of sizes which can be used indoor or outdoor. From 3mx3m up to a whopping 9mx21m. Markets include Indoor and outdoor playgrounds, schools,…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Play

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business