A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd Friday after a local football game in a village south of Baghdad, killing at least 25 people, police and medics said.
“They were just handing the trophy to the winners, the suicide attacker blew himself up in the crowd,” a police captain from the village, Al-Asriya, told AFP.
The village is near Iskandariyah, a town about 40 kilometres south of the capital.
The police captain said more than 50 people were also wounded in the blast.
A source at Iskandariyah hospital confirmed the toll, warning that the casualties figure was preliminary and could rise.
The medic told AFP that the attack took place around 7pm (local time).
There was no immediate claim taking responsibility for the blast but nearly all such attacks recently were carried out by the Islamic State (IS) group.
Iskandariyah is part of a mixed Sunni-Shia area south of Baghdad which was once dubbed “the triangle of death” and was badly affected by sectarian violence last decade.