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Iraq: UN Strongly Condemns Recent Deadly Bombings

Iraq: UN strongly condemns recent series of deadly bombings

2 October 2008 – Voicing concern over the recent rash of bombings in Iraq that have killed dozens of civilians and wounded scores more, the top United Nations official in the country today called on all Iraqis to maintain their unity in foiling “those who want to push them back into the murderous cycle of sectarian violence.”

In a statement issued by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) , Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Staffan de Mistura described the attacks as “particularly abhorrent, targeting men women and children as they prepared to break their fast and celebrate Eid al-Fitr al Mubarak, or on their way for the pilgrimage.”

Mr. de Mistura extended the UN’s condolences to the bereaved families and its wishes for the full and speedy recovery for the wounded.

In the most recent attacks, media reports say suicide bombers targeted Shiite worshippers today as they left two Baghdad mosques after morning prayers, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens of others.


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