Baghdad, Iraq (BBN) – The top United Nations envoy in Iraq has strongly condemned the terrorist attack that occurred on Saturday on pilgrims in the southern city of Basra, resulting in a large number of deaths and injuries.
At least 50 people are reportedly dead following the suicide attack that took place at a checkpoint en route to a Shia Muslim mosque.
“Today’s terrorist attack claimed the precious lives of Iraqis who were gathering on the occasion of Arbaeen to practice their religion. I am saddened by these horrific crimes that continue to target defenceless civilians,” Martin Kobler said in a statement.
“It is time for Iraq to reconcile and heal, not to continue to bleed,” added Mr. Kobler, who is the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
He extended his condolences to the bereaved families and his wishes for a full and speedy recovery to the wounded. He also expressed his full support for Iraqis in their resolve to continue advancing peace, stability and national reconciliation.
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