ISIS launched a attack thursday on a supportersclub of Real Madrid. The supportersclub is located in Balad, a town 50 miles north of Baghdad.
At least 14 people died and another 25 were injured after ISIS fighters launched a gun and grenade attack on the supportersclub. Reports say at least 50 fans gathered at the supportersclub to meet for coffee and watch previous matches of Real Madrid.
The fighters were disguised in security uniforms and armed with assault rifles. Ziad Subhan, president of the supportersclub had the following to say:
‘A group of Islamic terrorists from ISIS came into the cafe, armed with AK-47s, shooting at random at everyone who was inside.They don’t like football, they think it’s anti-Muslim. ‘They just carry out attacks like this. This is a terrible tragedy.’
Real Madrid made a official statement today about the massacre in Balad, the statement can be read below.
‘Real Madrid deeply regrets the terrible attack in Iraq…expresses its great sadness and offers its regards and condolences to the relatives 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 wear black armbands tomorrow (Saturday) as a sign of their mourning and respect.’
At least three ISIS fighter opened fire at around midnight on Thursday at a cafe in the predominately Shia Muslim town, where young men had gathered. The attackers fled after the attack and blew them selves up at a market a couple of hours later when they were cornered by police and Shia militia.