UN envoy appalled by wave of attacks across Iraq

Special Representative for Iraq Martin Kobler. UN Photo/Mark Garten

17 August 2012 – The United Nations top envoy in Iraq today strongly condemned a wave of deadly attacks which left dozens dead and hundreds more wounded across the Gulf country.

According to media reports, a series of deadly bombings and shootings on Thursday left more than 70 people dead, with the deadliest incident occurring just before midnight when a car bomb killed 16 people outside a Baghdad ice cream shop.

“I am appalled at the wave of heinous attacks that shook the country throughout the day yesterday,” said Mr. Kobler, who extended his condolences to the families of those killed and wished a speedy recover for the wounded.

Noting that the attacks coincided with the onset of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan, Mr. Kobler also condemned the violence for disrupting the spirit of peace associated with one of the holiest days in the Muslim calendar.


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