Sources: child killed as fans shoot gunfire to celebrate Iraq soccer win

Iraq National Football team

Baghdad ( A child was killed and dozens others were injured after fans dired gunshots celebrating a national soccer team victory, medical sources were quoted saying Wednesday.

Kurdish network Rudaw, quoting sources at Baghdad’s Yarmouk hospital, said a little girl was killed and tens were injured when fans shot gunfire to celebrate Iraq’s win against Qatar in the Gulf Cup of Nations late Tuesday.

Earlier on Wednesday, Baghdad (security) Operations command said it will “hold accountable every person who had shot fire to celebrate”, urging to adopt “civilized styles of celebration away from gunfire which could kill or injure citizens”, according to a statement quoted by Alsumaria News.

The command’s chief, Jalil al-Rubaiye, said a number of shooters had been detained in relation to the celebrations.

Shooting gunfire in the air is a common tradition among many Arab World communities, with reports telling of deaths and injuries resulting from the practice.

A total of 117 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 264 injured, excluding police, in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in November, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 201 civilian casualties (51 killed, 150 injured).


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