Cristina Cifuentes, the President of the Madrid community, has condemned the ‘madness’ of a terrorist attack in Iraq which left 16 dead.
Terrorists targeted the Real Madrid supporters club in Iraq—the Balad branch—near the city of Samarra, to the north of Baghdad, late on Thursday evening.
16 people are understood to have been killed in the attacks, with a further 30 injured.
According to AS, there were around 50 Merengues fans in the club, and it is understood they were targeted due to the perception among ISIS-affiliated terrorists that football is anti-Islam.
The attack—which involved armed men opening fire with AK-47s on those inside the café—was condemned by Cifuentes, on her @ccifuentes handle.
— Cristina Cifuentes (@ccifuentes) May 13, 2016
“The madness of terrorism now attacks a Real Madrid club in Iraq,” she began. “A big hug for all of the families.”
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AS report that some members of the security forces were among those killed, while the search for the perpetrators is ongoing.
Real confirmed on an official statement on the club’s website that the club’s players would be wearing black armbands for their final match of the season against Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.