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Iraq: Explosion near a football stadium in the capital Baghdad, 10 dead, more than 20 injured



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A tank truck exploded near a football field in Baghdad on Saturday.
10 people died in the explosion and more than 20 people were injured.
The reason for the explosion is unclear at this time.

Baghdad. At least 10 people were killed and 20 others injured when a fuel tanker exploded near a football field in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, on Saturday. Security officials provided this information. After the explosion, the pieces of the tanker truck fell on nearby residential buildings and the soccer field, he said.

Officials said on condition of anonymity that it was unclear at this time whether the explosion was due to a technical fault or a targeted attack. The blast came two days after Iraq’s parliament approved a new cabinet in a long-awaited vote, which was described as a major breakthrough in de-escalating ongoing political tensions in the country.

The cabinet, led by Prime Minister Mohamed Shia al-Soudani, is the first in the country since 2005 not to include members of the group of influential Shiite cleric Muktada al-Sadr. In October 2019, Iraq held snap elections in 2021 following large-scale anti-government protests in Baghdad and other regions. The protesters had staged massive demonstrations demanding a change in the political system established in the country after the 2003 US invasion.

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The injured mainly played football in the stadium. At the same time, those injured in the incident were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. It is said that the explosion was so strong that the windows and doors of the surrounding houses were shaken.

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