Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General condemns recent spate of deadly terrorist attacks in Iraq

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SHAFAQNA- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Baghdad and Muqdadiya in Iraq that killed scores of civilians and injured many more.

“The Secretary General is concerned that these cowardly attacks claimed by ISIL at funerals, markets, and places of worship are aimed at undermining the unity of the people of Iraq. He appeals to them to reject such attempts at fear-mongering,” said a statement issued Monday by his spokesman.

On Monday, at least 38 people were killed and dozens more were injured by a suicide bomber at a funeral in Muqdadiya, about 60 miles north of Baghdad, while a suicide blast at a security checkpoint in Baghdad’s western outskirts killed at least eight members of the security forces, according to reports.

These attacks came after two bombs targeted a market on Sunday in Sadr City, north of Baghdad, killing at least 70 people and injuring at least 100 others.

The UN chief expressed heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the government and people of Iraq, and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.

Reiterating the UN’s commitment to support Iraq in its work to promote national dialogue and reconciliation, Ban also called on the government of Iraq to ensure that the perpetrators of the crimes are “swiftly brought to justice.”

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