Young Iraqi Footballer Killed in Car Bombs

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - An Iraqi footballer Mahdi Abdulzahra has been killed in Baghdad on his way to practice, Electricity Club team official said on Tuesday.

Young Iraqi Footballer Killed in Car Bombs

Abdulzahra, 19, was among eight people killed in the blast close to a restaurant and a mosque in the Sadr City area on Monday.

Abdulzahra was a member of the Electricity club, one of the various Iraqi football teams associated with government ministries.

He was also chosen to try out for Iraq's Olympic team.

Football is wildly popular in Iraq and support for the national team brings together the country's disparate religious and ethnic groups.

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