Bahram Qassemi

Iran strongly condemns suicide attacks in Pakistan

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian foreign ministry strongly deplored the Friday terrorist attacks in Pakistan’s Peshawar which killed 12 people.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi condemned the attacks, and extended his condolences to the Pakistani government and people on the death of their beloved ones.

He underlined the necessity for campaign against extremism and terrorism through collective efforts, and said, “This region and the world cannot overcome this principled problem of the current era without confronting the root causes of extremism and those who spread violence and Takfiri thoughts.”

Militants in Northwest Pakistan killed 12 people in two attacks, on a court building in the city of Mardan and a Christian slum in Peshawar.

At Mardan’s district court on Friday morning, 11 people were killed in a suicide bomb and grenade attack at the entrance of the compound, with about 40 others wounded.

Two police officers and four lawyers were among the dead.

Earlier on Friday, about 30 miles (50km) away in the provincial capital of Peshawar, four militants attempted to storm a slum where many of the city’s Christians live.

Soldiers arrive after suicide bombers attacked a Christian neighborhood.

The assailants killed one member of the community before security guards posted at the entrance of the Christian colony shot dead the attackers.

By Fars News Agency