The bombing took place during a match in the small stadium in the city of Iskanderiyah, 30 miles from Baghdad, the officials said. Medical officials confirmed the death toll.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Isis 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.
More on this topic Iraqi army launches offensive to push
Isis out of Mosul .
The bombing came as an Iraqi military spokesman, Yahya Rusoul, announced that Iraqi troops and Sunni tribal fighters had recaptured the town of Kubaisa in western Anbar province from Isis.
A day earlier, Isis fighters
were pushed out of villages in Iraq’s
northern Nineveh province under cover of heavy coalition airstrikes.
Iraqi ground forces are working to
build on recent gains in Anbar and
prepare for an eventual push on the
northern city of Mosul, the largest held by the militants in the territory they control across parts of Iraq and Syria.
insurgent-style attacks in Iraq and
abroad. On Tuesday, bombings in
Brussels claimed by Isis killed 31 people and injured 300.