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UN Deplores Double Bombings In Iraqi Capital

Top UN Envoy Deplores ‘Repugnant’ Double Bombings In Iraqi Capital

New York, Nov 10 2008 10:10AM

The top United Nations official in Iraq has condemned the double bombings that struck Baghdad’s Kasra district today, killing dozens of innocent civilians and wounding many others.

Staffan de Mistura described the attacks as “repugnant crimes aimed at re-instilling fear, distrust and division among the public just as Iraq prepares itself to assume political normalcy with the upcoming provincial elections,” in a statement issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).

According to media reports, a car bombing was followed by a suicide attack on the crowd that gathered around the car that exploded.

Mr. de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNAMI, extended the world body’s deepest condolences to the bereaved families and best wishes for a full and speedy recovery for the wounded.

The fledgling democracy is gearing up for the holding of provincial elections, slated to be held by 31 January 2009.


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