29 killed in latest Iraqi attack

29 killed in latest Iraqi attack

- A suicide bomber has detonated a bomb at the end of a football match in Iraq, killing many in the process

- The Islamic State has claimed it was behind the attack

29 killed in latest Iraqi attack

29 people dead in suicide bombing at a football match in Iraq

Officials in Iraq say a suicide bomber, believe to be related to IS has detonated a bomb at a football match In Iraq.

The bomb killed at least 29 people and wounded more than 60 others, including the police and medical sources in a crowded park in the Iraqi city of Iskandariya.

Iskandariya is a mainly Shia town 40km (25 miles) south of the capital, Baghdad. Iskandariya is in a region that was once called "the triangle of death" and was badly affected by sectarian violence that followed the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.

AFP news agency reports that a local police captain said the suicide bomber blew himself up in the crowd as the trophy was being handed to the winners.  The town's mayor was among those killed, the agency added, quoting an unnamed medical source.

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Meanwhile, the powerful Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr urged Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to implement government reforms within 24 hours.  Mr Sadr warned authorities they would face street protests if a new-cabinet and fresh measures to fight corruption were not introduced by Saturday.

The ultimatum was made in a statement read to thousands of his supporters staging a sit-in outside the gates of the heavily fortified Green Zone, an area of government offices and embassies in Baghdad. Plans for a cabinet re-shuffle were announced last month, but Mr Abadi has been slow to implement the changes.

IS, a mainly Sunni group which controls large swathes of northern and western Iraq, has attacked numerous Shia targets in the country recently.


Source: Yen.com.gh

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