Senior UN official in Iraq deplores ‘cowardly’ terrorist attack that kills dozens at Baghdad market

Aerial view of Baghdad, Iraq. Photo: UNAMI

13 August 2015 – The acting head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq has strongly condemned today’s truck bomb attack on a market in east Baghdad, which initial reports say killed at least 45 people and for which the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has claimed responsibility.

In a statement issued by the Mission, known as UNAMI, Deputy Special Representative Gyorgy Busztin deplored the “devastating” truck bomb attack, which took place at Jameela market in Sadr City, east Baghdad and killed at least 45 people and has wounded scores more.

“These figures are tragically expected to rise,” says the statement, and Mr. Busztin adds: “I utterly condemn this heinous and cowardly attack, targeting innocent civilians, many children included, in a public market place.”

Declaring the attack an “indiscriminate act of terrorism” aimed at weakening the resolve of the Iraqi people, he said: “I have no doubt in my mind that the terrorists will fail.”

Mr. Busztin extended his profound sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families and has called for the perpetrators of the crime to be swiftly brought to justice.

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