Two bombs exploded this morning near a soccer stadium in Muqdadiya, Iraq, killing three players. A report from Reuters said the incident was not isolated; there was also a bomb detonated inside a coffee shop that was televising a match between the under-20 squads of Iraq and Chile, an explosion that killed four people.
Though the reasons and motivations behind the attacks are unknown at the time, the report said there were two bombs detonated earlier in the week at another soccer field. These explosions resulted in the deaths of five people. Iraqi officials also raised the official death toll from a series of bombings on Thursday to 36. These bombings targeted soccer fans who were gathered in various coffee shops an cafes all over Baghdad to watch the Confederations Cup semifinal between Spain and Italy.
Unfortunately, the soccer stadium bombing was not the only tragedy of the day. Three people were also killed in a roadside bombing near a market. Officials say that over 1,000 people have died from such violent attacks in May alone, meaning May 2013 was the deadliest month for sectarian violence since 2006-2007.
No group has come forward to claim responsibility for the attacks. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims.