Egypt's Grand Mufti condemns Iraq bombing

Ahram Online , Saturday 26 Mar 2016

Iraqi onlookers and security forces gather on March 26, 2016 at the site where a suicide bomber blew himself up the day before in a village near Iskandariyah, a town about 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of the capital Baghdad (AFP)

A top Egyptian Muslim cleric has condemned a suicide bombing at a soccer stadium in Iraq carried out by the Islamic State militant group, urging unity between Iraqis in the face of terrorism.

Grand Mufti Shawki Allam, Egypt's official interpreter of Islamic law, condemned perpetrators of the deadly attack  as "criminals," while stressing that "God prohibits bloodshed."

Allam, who issues religious edicts to advise Muslims, added that the culprits seek to "spread fear and terror...and sectarian strife among the people," while urging unity between the Iraqi people in the face of "extremist terrorist groups."

Forty-one people were killed and another 105 wounded in Friday's bombing which took place during a match at a small stadium in the city of Iskanderiyah, 50 kilometres from the capital, Baghdad.

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