FIFA chief ‘terribly saddened’ by stadium attack in Iraq

Zurich, March 27 (IANS) FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said that he was “shocked and terribly saddened” by the suicide bombing targeted at a football stadium in the Iraqi city of Iskanderiyah, south of Baghdad, where at least 30 people were killed and 95 wounded.

In a statement on FIFA website on Saturday, Infantino extended his “deepest condolences to the victims’ families”, reports Efe.

Infantino pointed out that football “unites people” around the world, and added: “It is a very sad day when people, going to a match together, become the victims of such violence.”

An official from Iraqi police said that a suicide bomber cut through the crowd and detonated the explosives-laden vest he was wearing inside the stadium, where a local match was being played.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.

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