Iraq: UN envoy deplores deadly bomb attacks in northern city

19 May 2011

The top United Nations official in Iraq has strongly condemned this morning’s deadly terrorist bombings that targeted police officers in the country’s northern city of Kirkuk.

Media reports say at least 27 people were killed and dozens of others were injured as a result of three explosions near a police station in the city. The second explosion was apparently timed to go off as people rushed to the aid of the victims of the first bombing.

Ad Melkert, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq and the head of the UN mission to the country (UNAMI), offered his condolences to the families of the victims and the people and Government of Iraq and voiced hope that the wounded will recovery.

In a press statement Mr. Melkert expressed concern at the continuing series of attacks targeting security or Government officials in Iraq.

“He urges all parties concerned to work together to expedite settlement of all pending issues that will show collective determination to promote stability and security throughout Iraq,” the statement stressed.


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