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UN Envoy To Iraq Condemns Murder Of Pilgrims

UN Envoy To Iraq Condemns 'Brutal Murder' Of Religious Pilgrims

The senior United Nations envoy to Iraq has strongly condemned the "deliberate murder" of over a dozen foreign pilgrims while on their way to the Holy City of Karbala.

The murder of 14 people, including five women, while on their religious pilgrimage is "a heinous crime that violates the fundamental precepts of Islam and humanity," said Ashraf Qazi, Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative in Iraq.

In a statement issued on Sunday, he also extended his condolences to the families of the victims and called on the Iraqi authorities to "vigorously pursue the perpetrators of this crime and bring them to justice."

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