A group of armed Islamic State terrorists stormed the headquarters of a Real Madrid supporters club in Baghdad and opened fire on Real Madrid fans, cafe staff and other customers available at the club simply because they don’t like football.
According to reports, three men armed with AK47s attacked the headquarters of the Real Madrid supporters club at Al Furat cafe in Balad, 50 miles north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad at about midnight. At least 16 people, mainly Real Madrid fans but also cafe staff and other customers – were killed more than 20 people injured in the attack.
Bullet holes can be seen littering a room full of armchairs with an upturned chair in the centre – and blood smeared all over the floor with a trail leading out of what appears to be a main meeting room. The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility, while gruesome pictures and video have emerged, illustrating the aftermath of the bloodbath.
Real Madrid has released a statement offering their ‘profound condolences’ and said their players would wear black armbands tomorrow to mourn those who has lost their lives.
“Real Madrid C. F. deeply regrets the terrible attack in Iraq which today saw 16 members of a Real Madrid supporters club lose their lives and which has also left over 20 injured.The club expresses its great sadness and offers its regards and condolences to the families and friends of the victims.
“Real Madrid extends all of its solidarity to the people of Iraq, who suffer the excessive injustices of extreme violence. The Real Madrid players will tomorrow wear symbolic black armbands as a sign of their mourning and respect.
“Football and sport shall always be spaces in which to come together and in which harmony and peace reign and with which no form of barbaric terrorism will be able to compete. Today Madridismo across the whole world cries for its supporters, who shall never be forgotten.”
The extremist group had last week thrown a young man off the top of a five-storey building in Manbij city in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo on for being a gay man. The ISIS-linked Sharia Court had issued a decision to execute every gay man by throwing him from the top of a building, as this will cleanse their sins.