Russia condemns Iraq terror attacks

August 16th, 2011 - 1:28 am ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Aug 15 (IANS / RIA Novosti) Russia has condemned a string of terrorist attacks that killed at least 66 people and injured 230 across Iraq Monday.

“We resolutely condemn these bloody extremist attacks,” the Russian foreign ministry said. “Nothing can justify them, whatever motives guided their organisers and perpetrators.”

The most devastating explosion took place in the city of Al-Kut 160 km (100 miles) southeast of the capital, Baghdad which left at least 40 people as killed and 65 injured.

The ministry expressed condolences to the victims’ relatives.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Iraqis not to enter a new cycle of bloodshed.

“The Secretary-General appeals to the people of Iraq to reject these attempts to incite further violence in the country,” his spokesperson said in a statement, adding that it is “particularly heinous” that it took place during the holy month of Ramadan.

The attacks occurred in seven provinces of central and northern Iraq in a new escalation of violence in the country several months ahead of the proposed departure of US troops.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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