Terrorists critically injure top Iraqi footballers

Four members of Iraq's league champion, Al Zawra'a have been injured, three of them seriously, in a terrorist mortar attack on the club's stadium on Sunday, PA Sport reported. The attack took place during the first team's training session, injuring Dargham Abbas, Ammar Abdulzahra, Ali Rida and Wissam Kazem. All four were rushed to nearby Al Karakh hospital, with three of the quartet believed to be in a serious condition.

Al Zawra'a are due to represent Iraq in the 2007 Asian Champions League and are drawn to face Qatar's Al Rayyan, Al Arabi of Kuwait and Al Wahda from the United Arab Emirates when the tournament kicks off in March.