Iran strongly condemns church attack in Iraq

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham has strongly condemned the terrorist bombing targeting a church in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Afkham on Wednesday expressed the Islamic Republic’s deep condolences and great sympathy with the Iraqi nation and bereaved families of the victims.

“This terrorist act shows the necessity of collective and international cooperation to counter the ominous phenomenon of terrorism and extremism,” Afkham said.

She added that the attack on a church and worshipers is “another alarm bell that the phenomenon of terrorism will not be confined to specific geographical, religious and sectarian borders.”

At least 37 people have been killed and over 50 others injured in separate bomb explosions targeting Christian areas in Baghdad on Wednesday.

One of the explosions took place near a church where worshippers were leaving while two other bombs exploded in a crowded market.

No group has claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks, but systematic bombings are a favorite tactic of al-Qaeda-linked groups that according to Iraqi officials seek to destabilize the country.

The attacks came a day after a bomb blast hit the convoy of the acting Iraqi defense minister, Saadun al-Dulaimi, west of Baghdad.

The acting defense minister was unharmed in the roadside bomb but two of his guards were wounded.

According to a police officer, Dulaimi was travelling in a six-vehicle convoy when the bomb struck the city of Fallujah, 65 kilometers west of Baghdad.

The United Nations says at least 8,000 people have lost their lives in Iraq so far this year.

Iraq’s Interior Ministry has said that militants have launched an open war in Iraq and they want to push the Middle Eastern country into chaos.

“The country is currently facing an open war from bloodthirsty sectarian forces that aim to plunge the country into chaos,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement issued on July 30.

By Press TV

 

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