Iran condemns deadly bomb attacks in Iraq

Iran condemns deadly bomb attacks in Iraq
Wed Jun 26, 2013 17:23:49

Iran has condemned twin bombings that killed at least 11 people in a Turkmen-majority region in Iraq's Salahuddin province as a "targeted" crime aimed to sow divisions among the Iraqi nation.

The persistent bombings in Iraq and the killing of innocent people on the account of their religious beliefs is a crime against humanity and aimed at sowing sectarian violence in the Muslim country, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas Araqchi stated on Tuesday.

The Iraqi nation managed to pass through the “dark age of [US] occupation and sectarian sedition,” Araqchi noted, calling on the Iraqis to unite against their “real” enemies and foil the plots they have drawn to target the country’s stability and political process.

The Iranian official also called on the international community to respond to the developments in the region, and help restore calm and stability and fight terrorism and extremism through adopting a constructive approach.

At least 11 people, among them a former deputy provincial governor, were killed and 55 others injured on June 25 after two bomb blasts hit Tuz Khormato, which is located some 210 kilometers (130 miles) north of the capital Baghdad.

Separately, a bomb explosion targeting Shia pilgrims south of Baghdad killed three and wounded 15 others.

Iraq is experiencing an upsurge in car bombings and other terrorist attacks, mostly targeting Shia Muslims.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has blamed the latest wave of violence in the country on militant groups and remnants of the former Ba’athist regime.

The United Nations says a total of 1,045 people were killed and nearly 2,400 were injured in violent incidents across Iraq in May.

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