Suicide bomber hits football stadium in Iraqi city, killing 29

BAGHDAD -- A suicide bomber blew himself up in crowd at a football stadium south of the Iraqi capital on Friday, killing 29 people and wounding 60, security officials said.

The bombing took place during a local match at the small Al Shuhadaa stadium in the city of Iskanderiyah, 50 kilometres from Baghdad, the officials said. Medical officials confirmed the death toll.

"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 Islamic State group claimed responsibility, CNN reported. It has been waging a campaign of suicide bombings in and around the capital as Iraqi forces and their allies battle the militants in the north and west of the country.