UN Chief Offers Condolences to Iraq After IS Stadium Bombing

March 26, 2016 Updated: March 26, 2016
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BAGHDAD—U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offered his condolences on Saturday to the families and friends of the 41 people killed in a suicide bombing at a soccer stadium in Iraq, adding that the “the international community stands with Iraqis in horror and outrage.”

Speaking during an official visit to Iraq Saturday, Ban said that the battle against the Islamic State group—which claimed attack—must comply with international law, noting continued reports of arbitrary arrests and killings in IS-liberated areas.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, center left, is greeted by Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, center right, as he arrives at the Baghdad International Airport in Iraq, Saturday, March 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, center left, is greeted by Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, center right, as he arrives at the Baghdad International Airport in Iraq, Saturday, March 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Friday’s bombing took place during a match in a small stadium in the city of Iskanderiyah, 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the capital, Baghdad. The bombing killed 41 people and wounded 105, security and health officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

Mourners carry the coffins of Haider Abbas, 24, and Abbas Dahi, 13, soccer players who were killed in a suicide bombing at a soccer field in Iskandariya, 25 miles (about 40 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, March 26, 2016. The suicide bomber killed and wounded dozens in an attack on a crowd gathered at the soccer stadium. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
Mourners carry the coffins of Haider Abbas, 24, and Abbas Dahi, 13, soccer players who were killed in a suicide bombing at a soccer field in Iskandariya, 25 miles (about 40 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, March 26, 2016. The suicide bomber killed and wounded dozens in an attack on a crowd gathered at the soccer stadium. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

The president of the world football federation FIFA, Gianni Infantino, also offered his condolences to those killed. “Around the world, football unites people. It is a very sad day, when people, going to a match together, become the victims of such violence,” he said in a statement.

IS has lost ground in recent months in Iraq and Syria, but has struck back in a series of large attacks targeting civilians.