- Diyala province where five people were killed and 17 wounded by a bomb planted under the seats of a stadium in Ballour as boys aged 10 to 17 were playing;
- Al Nahrawan where nine people were killed and 21 wounded in a bomb explosion during a soccer match;
- Al Madaen where a bomb in a stadium killed one and wounded six others, including an Iraqi member of parliament;
- Al Zafaaraniya where a bomb killed four people, including three players, and wounded 11 others;
- Al Qalaa where a bomb in a stadium killed one and wounded 11;
- Kirkuk where two players were killed and four others wounded;
- Al Qaim where police foiled a stadium bombing by discovering a vehicle rigged with explosives.
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