Three gunmen opened fire around midnight at the Al Furat cafe in Balad, 50 miles north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad
A group of Islamic State terrorists armed with AK-47s attacked the headquarters of a Real Madrid supporters club – because ‘they don’t like football’. Mirror reports.
Three gunmen opened fire around midnight at the Al Furat cafe in Balad, 50 miles north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
It is believed at least 16 people – mainly Real Madrid fans but also cafe staff and other customers – were killed more than 20 people injured.
Islamic State later claimed responsibility, while gruesome pictures and video have emerged illustrating the aftermath of the bloodbath.
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.
Real Madrid offered their ‘profound condolences’ and said their players would wear black armbands tomorrow.
A statement posted to their website read: “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.
The fan group, which has 4191 members, meet for coffee and to watch old Real Madrid games when there isn’t live football on.
The video also shows the switched off TVs hung among portraits of Real Madrid heroes like Ronaldo on the wall.
President of the supporters club Ziad Subhan said: “A group of Islamic terrorists, from ISIS, came into the café, armed with AK-47s, shooting at random at everyone who was inside”.
Asked about the motives for the attack, AS reports the president said: “They don’t like football, they think it’s anti-Muslim.
“They just carry out attacks like this. This is a terrible tragedy”.