Baghdad Breaking News: Victory in Soccer Doesn’t Stop Killing as Sport

Some happenings in Iraq paint the insanity of its homegrown and transplanted killers better than others. This breaking story about soccer celebrations being targets of mass murderers is one of those. In Iraq, innocence was lost a long time ago.

July 25, 2007 – TheScroogeReport.com Post

Bombings Strike Soccer Fans in Baghdad

By KIM GAMEL
Associated Press 

BAGHDAD – Two suicide car bombings struck soccer fans in Baghdad as they were celebrating Iraq’s victory in the Asian Cup semifinal on Wednesday, killing at least 50 people and wounding more than 100, officials said.

The victims were among the thousands of revelers who took to the streets of the capital after the country’s national soccer team beat South Korea to reach the tournament’s final against Saudi Arabia on Sunday in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The first attack took place about 6:30 p.m. when a bomber exploded in a crowd of people cheering near a well-known ice cream parlor in Baghdad’s western neighborhood of Mansour, according to police and hospital officials. At least 30 people were killed and 75 were wounded, an Interior Ministry official said.

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