TEHRAN (FNA)- The US and its allies are responsible for insecurities in Iraq, a senior Iranian legislator said, referring to the high casualties in the country due to the suicide blasts and terrorist attacks.
“Iraq has turned into a field for security breaches in recent years so much so that establishing sustainable security in Iraq first needs a war on the terrorists who have been empowered in light of the US and its allies (maltreatments and wrong attitude),” Rapporteur of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini told FNA on Monday.
“The US double-standard attitude towards terrorism under diplomatic words questions the US motto of campaign against terrorism,” he added.
His remarks came after two suicide bombers targeted Shiite Muslims in Iraq on Saturday, killing 60 people on the eve of the anniversary of Imam Javad’s martyrdom.
In the Northern city of Mosul, unidentified gunmen shot two Iraqi television journalists dead as they were filming, security sources said.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for either of the bombings, but such attacks are the hallmark of al-Qaeda.
In Baghdad, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a checkpoint, killing 48 Shiite pilgrims on their way to visit a shrine in the Kadhimiya district, police and medical sources said.
Earlier on Saturday, another suicide bomber blew himself up inside a cafe in a mainly Shiite town of Balad, 80 km (50 miles) North of Baghdad, killing 12 people. The cafe was targeted in an almost identical bombing 40 days ago.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry deplored the Saturday terrorist attack in Kadhimiya near Baghdad against the pilgrims of Imam Javad (PBUH) (the Shiites’ 9th Imam).
“The terrorist operation and massacre of the innocent people and defenseless pilgrims is inhumane and the most savage act carried out by the Takfiri and terrorist groups supported by certain foreign countries,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said on Sunday.
“These terrorist actions are part of the continued plots staged by the enemies of the state and people of Iraq and are aimed at damaging the security and stability of the Muslim country,” she added.
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