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Iraqi officials say Islamic State bomb destroys a sports stadium near militant-held Ramadi

  • In this Sunday, July 19, 2015 photo, smoke rises following a U.S.-led coalition airstrike against Islamic State group positions as a bulldozer belonging to the Iraqi security forces backed by Shiite and pro-government Sunni fighters is deployed for fighting against Islamic State group militants in Tash district in southern Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq. The country's security officials said that militants from the Islamic State group blew up a sports stadium near the militant-held city of Ramadi. (AP Photo)

    In this Sunday, July 19, 2015 photo, smoke rises following a U.S.-led coalition airstrike against Islamic State group positions as a bulldozer belonging to the Iraqi security forces backed by Shiite and pro-government Sunni fighters is deployed for fighting against Islamic State group militants in Tash district in southern Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq. The country's security officials said that militants from the Islamic State group blew up a sports stadium near the militant-held city of Ramadi. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • This Sunday, July 19, 2015 photo shows destroyed trucks with weapons belonging to Islamic State group militants following a U.S.-led coalition airstrike against IS positions in Tash district in southern Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq. The country's security officials said that militants from the Islamic State group blew up a sports stadium near the militant-held city of Ramadi. (AP Photo)

    This Sunday, July 19, 2015 photo shows destroyed trucks with weapons belonging to Islamic State group militants following a U.S.-led coalition airstrike against IS positions in Tash district in southern Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq. The country's security officials said that militants from the Islamic State group blew up a sports stadium near the militant-held city of Ramadi. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • A militiaman allied with the Iraqi security forces dismantles a weapon from a destroyed vehicle belonging to the Islamic State group following a U.S.-led coalition airstrike against IS positions in southern Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq, Monday, July 20, 2015. Iraqi security officials said that militants from the Islamic State group blew up a sports stadium near the militant-held city of Ramadi. (AP Photo)

    A militiaman allied with the Iraqi security forces dismantles a weapon from a destroyed vehicle belonging to the Islamic State group following a U.S.-led coalition airstrike against IS positions in southern Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq, Monday, July 20, 2015. Iraqi security officials said that militants from the Islamic State group blew up a sports stadium near the militant-held city of Ramadi. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Iraqi security officials say that militants from the Islamic State group blew up a sports stadium in Iraq's western Anbar province.

The stadium, near the militant-held city of Ramadi, had never been used for sports. In recent months, it was used as a military base for Iraqi security forces and allied militia groups. Security and military officials said Monday the 30,000-capacity stadium was empty when it was destroyed Sunday.

Also in Anbar, officials say the Sunni militant group ambushed a military unit near the city of Fallujah, killing the group's commander, Ali Ahmed, and four of his men.

The officials spoke anonymously as they are not authorized to brief journalists. Iraqi security forces last week announced the launch of a large-scale operation to retake Anbar province from the militants.