UN Security Council strongly condemns wave of attacks in Iraq

September 13th, 2012 - 3:09 am ICT by BNO News  

NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) — The 15 members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council (UNSC) on late Tuesday strongly condemned a wave of terrorist attacks across Iraq over the weekend that claimed the lives of more than 90 people and injured hundreds more.

At least 92 people were killed and more than 400 others were injured in a wave of bombings and other attacks in 13 cities across Iraq, making it one of the deadliest days so far this year. In addition, the French honorary consulate premises in Nasiriyah were also damaged, but there were no casualties.

“The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the wave of terrorist attacks across Iraq,” the 15-member body said in a joint statement. “They expressed their deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the victims of these heinous acts and to their families, and to the people and the Government of Iraq.”

In the statement, the members of the UN Security Council reaffirmed that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.”

The Council, which reiterated its determination to combat all forms of terrorism, also reminded UN Member States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.

Although violence in Iraq has declined dramatically since its peak in 2006 and 2007, political turmoil and sectarian violence has been on the rise following the pullout of the last U.S. soldiers in mid-December 2011.

In late July, a coordinated wave of bomb and shooting attacks targeted Shiite Muslims across Iraq, killing at least 109 people and injuring more than 275 others. The string of violent attacks ripped through at least fifteen different cities, among them the capital Baghdad, in six provinces.

And on June 13, at least 93 people were killed in another wave of bomb and shooting attacks targeting Shiite Muslims who were marking the anniversary of the death of Imam Musa Kadhim, a great-grandson of the prophet Mohammad and a revered imam. More than 300 others were injured.

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