Real Madrid mourn ISIS attack victims’ death

15 May 2016 | By Ramya

Spanish soccer giants Real Madrid wore black armbands in the match against Deportivo La Coruna in Riazor, to mourn the death of 16 Real Madrid supporters.

They extended condolences to the friends and families of those who were killed in an ISIS attack in Iraq.

They added that they extend solidarity to the Iraqi people "who suffer excessive injustices of extreme violence."

In context: ISIS' dislike towards soccer

What is ISIS?

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Daesh, is a Salafist jihadist terrorist group. ISIS was founded in 1999 by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

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A guard found that the attacker had an explosive vest; the suicide bomber blew himself up after being challenged at the gate.

President Francois Hollande was present at the game and was taken to the security control room following the bombing.

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ISIS terrorists attacked a club in Iraq's Balad city and opened fire at over 50 Real Madrid soccer fans who had gathered there to discuss an upcoming match.

Reportedly, three armed terrorists carrying AK-47s stormed the area when the supporters were watching old recordings of the Spanish football club.

The attack claimed the lives of 16 while over 20 were left severely wounded.

Locals seize one of the attackers

Reportedly, the locals had captured one of the terrorists while he was trying to escape. The locals said that after the terrorist had confessed to attacking the club, they burnt him alive and hung his body outside the club.
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13 May 2016Attackers passed through three police checkpoints

One of the victims said that he heard several gunshots and blasts when suddenly the terrorists started shooting randomly at the gathering.

He added that two of the militants were suicide bombers who detonated just when the police arrived.

The terrorists reportedly passed through three police checkpoints before attacking the club.

Extra security forces have been deployed in the city after the attack.

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Ziad Subhan, President-Madrid supporters club, stated that the ISIS terrorists attacked the club because the terrorist organization thinks that soccer was against the Islam religion.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the brutal attack a few hours after the attack.

ISIS claimed that it was a part of their campaign to honor Abdel Rahman Mustafa (ISIS second-in-command) who was killed in an airstrike in Mar'16.

15 May 2016Real Madrid mourn ISIS attack victims’ death