Fourteen Real Madrid fans have been killed in a deadly massacre by three AK-47 wielding ISIS militants because they believed football is bad and against their religion.
The massacre occurred at the football club’s meeting at a Cafe in Samarra, Baghdad where fifty Real Madrid fans gathered to drink coffee, talk and watch past videos of the club’s matches which they usually did when there wasn’t any live leagues being aired.
Three ISIS attackers with explosive vests stormed into the meeting and opened fire on everyone in a bloodbath that left twenty-eight people seriously hurt.
Iraqi officials confirmed the gunmen fled to a nearby vegetable market where one of them would detonate his explosive vest after police and Shi’ite militia members cornered him in a disused building and exchanged gunfire.
Residents said they had seized a second attacker who had escaped to nearby house after the attack. They burnt him alive after he confessed to the killings at the Cafe.
Madrid fans have been known to meet at the location which was also the club’s headquarters. The Cafe had portraits of Real Madrid footballs such as Ronaldo hanging on its wall.
President of the Baghdad 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”.
Stating their belief of football being ‘anti-muslim’ as motive, Subhan said, “They (ISIS) don’t like football, they think it’s anti-Muslim. This is a terrible tragedy.”
Source, Mirror, Independent, TheSun