The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:
We condemn the terrorist attack in the south of Baghdad on 16 February for which Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as Da’esh, has claimed responsibility. This week has seen a series of such atrocious crimes in the Iraqi capital. We express our sincere condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the Government and people of Iraq.
We convey our solidarity to the people of Iraq in resisting attempts to spread fear, intimidation and hatred. The United Nations will continue to stand by the Government and people of Iraq in their efforts to fight terrorism and violent extremism, notably by building trust and mutual understanding through peaceful and inclusive dialogue.