ISIS Suicide Bomber Kills 65 People in a Football Stadium Near Baghdad

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turkeyA suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd after a local football game in a village south of Baghdad, killing at least 65 people, police and medics said.

‘They were just handing the trophy to the winners, the suicide attacker blew himself up in the crowd,’ a police captain from the village, Al-Asriya, told AFP.

The police captain said more than 50 people were also wounded in the blast, near Iskandariyah, a town about 25 miles south of the capital.

A source at Iskandariyah hospital confirmed the toll, warning that the casualties figure were preliminary and could rise.

The medic told AFP that the attack took place around 7:00 pm with some source claiming that nearly 65 people were killed in the attack.

ISIS have reportedly claimed responsibility for the blast, having carried out a spate of attacks near Baghdad in recent months

Iskandariyah is part of a mixed Sunni-Shiite area south of Baghdad which was once dubbed ‘the triangle of death’ and was badly affected by sectarian violence last decade.

Pushing back ISIS in this region after the jihadists took over large parts of the country in 2014 was one of the priorities of the government and allied Shiite militias.

That was achieved in a few months and IS has been largely eradicated from the area but violence – of a sectarian nature and crime-driven – has remained frequent.

Further south, at least 47 people were killed when a truck bomb exploded at a checkpoint at the entrance of the city of Hilla on March 6.

The attack was the deadliest car bomb explosion in Iraq this year.

The jihadist group has been losing territory steadily in Iraq for almost a year.

In the most recent operations, Iraqi forces have been gaining ground in the western province of Anbar and have just begun their reconquest of the province of Nineveh.

In the cities the group retains control over, internal tension appears to be on the rise and the lack of supplies is taking its toll.

Observers have warned that, as their self-proclaimed ‘caliphate’ shrinks towards extinction, IS fighters are likely to revert to their old guerrilla tactics and ramp up suicide attacks on civilian targets.

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