Iran urges global action to counter terrorism

Iran has denounced the recent terrorist attack in Iraq, calling on the international community to take action to counter the ominous phenomenon of terrorism.

“The ominous phenomenon of terrorism is a global threat and it is hoped that the international community will take a collective measure to counter this ominous phenomenon,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Monday.

She expressed regret over the continuation of such criminal acts in Iraq and extended her condolences to the Iraqi government and nation.

At least 32 people have been killed and another 147 wounded in a car bomb attack at the entrance of the Iraqi Shia-populated city of Hillah on Sunday.

Officials said that six security personnel are among the victims of the attack which was carried out near a security checkpoint located at the main entrance to the capital of Babel Province, 100 kilometers south of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

The attack came one day after at least 13 people, including a parliamentary candidate and four children, were killed in bombings and shootings in Iraq.

Iraq has seen a spike in violence since last April.

The UN says more than 8,860 people were killed in attacks in 2013. Over 1,500 people also died in similar incidents in January and February of this year alone.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said on Saturday that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are fueling militancy in Iraq.

In an interview with France 24, the Iraqi premier said the two countries have effectively declared war on Iraq by inciting sectarian violence in the country.

He also blamed neighboring Arab states for destabilizing Iraq by supporting al-Qaeda-linked militant groups operating in the country.

By Press TV


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