UN envoy strongly condemns terrorist attacks on civilians in Iraqi capital

17 February 2013

The top United Nations envoy in Iraq has strongly condemned the series of bombings that struck several neighbourhoods in Baghdad on Sunday, killing and injuring dozens of people.

Several car bombs exploded across the Iraqi capital, including in busy outdoor market areas. At least 20 people were killed and scores more were wounded in the attacks, which reportedly targeted mainly Shia areas.

“Once again, innocent civilians going about their daily business have been targeted, bringing great grief to their families and communities. Nothing can justify these terrorist attacks,” said Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

“All Iraqi leaders have a responsibility to stand up against these atrocious crimes targeting the social fabric of the country.”

Mr. Kobler extended his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wishes for a speedy recovery to those who were injured.

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