Terrorist bomb claims life of Iraqi League footballer

An Iraqi first division club player who suffered serious injuries and first-degree burns in a terrorist bomb explosion in Bagdad has died. Al Sena midfielder Ihab Kareem was left battling for his life after being injured in an explosion which claimed over 80 lives at the Al Shourjah commercial area of the Iraqi capital. Kareem, who has also represented the Iraqi U-17 side, was out shopping with Al Sena team mate Ahmed Naser in a sports apparel shop when the blast ripped through the shopping area. Naser lost a leg and continues to be in a critical condition. Kareem, who moved to Al Sena last year after eye-catching stints with Al Shorta and Talaba, underwent a series of surgeries at the Al Kendi Hospital but succumbed to his injuries. "Al Sena will kick off its Iraqi League [Central Group] campaign against Al Quwa Al Jawiya today under a pall of gloom behind closed doors at the Shaab Stadium," AFCMedia reported.

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