Iran strongly condemns terrorist attacks in Iraq

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi

Press TV -(Sun Aug 11, 2013) Iran Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi has strongly condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Iraq, calling on regional countries to mount their efforts to counter such an ominous phenomenon.

Sixty-nine people were killed and 200 others wounded in a series of car bombs in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, when Iraqis were celebrating Eid al-Fitr on Saturday. 
Iraqi authorities said nine blasts rocked mostly Shia neighborhoods. 
“The occurrence of these terrorist acts on the day of Eid al-Fitr and and on the day of celebrations marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which is the symbol of unity in the Muslim world, once again showed that terrorism is committed to no principle,” Araqchi said Sunday.
The Iranian spokesperson expressed sympathy with the survivors of the terrorist attacks and added that regional countries are duty-bound to make greater efforts to fight the “ominous phenomenon.”
He offered his condolences to the Iraqi government and nation and expressed hope the country would overcome the ongoing difficult situation through unity, vigilance and national solidarity among the people and political groups.
The bombings, which were reportedly coordinated, were similar to the ones that rocked Baghdad on Tuesday, which left 50 people dead.
The deadly attacks came after Iraqi security officials imposed tight security measures across the country for the Eid holidays.
Iraq has seen a surge in violence since the beginning of this year. More than 600 people have been killed in the holy month of Ramadan alone.
The United Nations said on August 1 that a total of 1,057 Iraqis were killed and another 2,326 were wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in the month of July, making it the country’s deadliest month since 2008.
More than 4,000 people have died in terrorist attacks in Iraq so far in 2013, with Baghdad province being the worst hit. 

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