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Iraq football pitch blasts kill four: Reports

Bombs went off during a local football game in Iraq`s restive Diyala province on Monday, killing at least four people, security officials said.

Baquba: Bombs went off during a local football game in Iraq`s restive Diyala province on Monday, killing at least four people, security officials said.

"Three improvised explosive devices went off during the final of a local amateur cup" in Abu Saida, about 75 kilometres (45 miles) northeast of Baghdad, a colonel in the provincial operations command told AFP.

Provincial council member Ahmed Rubaye and hospital sources in the governorate`s capital Baquba said at least 10 people were also wounded in the attack.

Some of the football players were believed to be among the casualties.

"The bombs were planted behind a goal and it seems they were detonated remotely from a nearby orchard," said a spectator who was at the football field at the time of the attack and asked to remain anonymous.

"The blasts sparked mayhem, they have imposed a curfew now," he said.

The area is mostly under the control of the Badr and Asaib Ahl al-Haq Shiite militias.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but the Islamic State jihadist group has carried out a string of deadly bombings in Diyala lately.

Earlier this month, one of the group`s suicide bomber blew up a vehicle packed with three tonnes of explosives in the middle of a crowded market area in the Diyala town of Khan Bani Saad. 

More than 100 people were killed in the attack, which came on the eve of the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan and was one of the deadliest such bombings in Iraq`s bloody history. 

From Zee News

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