Bomb blast at Iraqi football match kills 25, many wounded
Friday, May 14, 2010
Multiple bomb explosions hit a football match in northern Iraq earlier today, killing at least 25 people and injuring at least 120 more.
The incident occurred in suicide bombers blew up vests with explosives., a town located approximately sixty west of . According to a local security official, a car bomb was detonated at around 18.00 local time (1500 ), near some spectators; as the crowd fled, two
Many of the wounded had to be transported 95 kilometres away, to, because local hospitals were filled to capacity.
Hussein Nashad was a witness to the incident. He recounted his experiences to the Agence France-Presse news service: "Many people were gathered to watch the match. We heard a loud explosion and the people behind me shielded me from the shrapnel. I ran away, but then I heard someone shout 'Allahu-akbar' [God is greatest], and then there was another explosion."
This attack comes four days after multiple attacks throughout Iraq, attributed to al-Qaeda, killed 100 ten people in the deadliest violence of the year.
Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for this incident, although a correspondent for Al Jazeera says that "authorities are pointing the finger at al-Qaeda".
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