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Death toll up to 20 as images from Real Madrid fan attack emerge

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The bloody scene inside the al-Furat coffee shop (Images via Independent.ie)
The bloody scene inside the al-Furat coffee shop (Images via Independent.ie)
The bloody scene inside the al-Furat coffee shop (Images via Independent.ie)
The bloody scene inside the al-Furat coffee shop (Images via Independent.ie)
The bloody scene inside the al-Furat coffee shop (Images via Independent.ie)
The bloody scene inside the al-Furat coffee shop (Images via Independent.ie)
The bloody scene outside the al-Furat coffee shop (Images via Independent.ie)
The bloody scene outside the al-Furat coffee shop (Images via Independent.ie)

At least 20 people, mostly Real Madrid fans, have been killed by an ISIS attack on a cafe in northern Iraq.

Three men armed with machine guns entered the cafe in a town called Balad, north of the capital Baghdad.

The gunmen sprayed the al-Furat coffee shop, filled with a members of a Real Madrid fan club, with bullets killing 13 and injuring over 20 others according to CNN.

The gunmen made their escape but when they were stopped at a checkpoint after a gunfight with security staff they blew themselves up, killing seven police men and injuring 12 more.

ISIS have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Spanish newspaper AS spoke to the president of the supporters club, Ziad Subhan, who described the attack as a 'terrible tragedy' carried out by the terrorists because they think football is 'anti-Muslim'.

The official La Liga account has also paid tribute those who died in the attack.

Real Madrid have released a statement condemning the attack, and their players will wear black armbands during the title decider away to Deportivo de La Coruna tomorrow afternoon. Madrid are one point behind Barcelona with one game to play.

"Real Madrid CF deeply regrets the terrible attack today in Iraq that has claimed the lives of 16 Madrid fans and has also caused more than 20 injuries. The club offers its affection and condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims. Real Madrid extend their solidarity to all the people of Iraq. The Real Madrid players will wear black armbands tomorrow in a symbolic sign of mourning and respect."