Terror Attacks in Baghdad, Istanbul Denounced

Terror Attacks in Baghdad, Istanbul DenouncedTerror Attacks in Baghdad, Istanbul Denounced

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi strongly condemned the suicide bombings in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and a shooting in Turkey’s Istanbul, which killed dozens of people and injured many others.

In a statement on Sunday, Qasemi offered his heartfelt condolences to the Iraqi and Turkish nations and the bereaved families of victims, Tasnim News Agency reported.

“One-sided appeasement, the instrumental use of violence and terrorism and double standards to counter them have all led this destructive global scourge [of terrorism] to sweep across all geographical, political, moral and religious boundaries and continue its disgraceful existence,” he said.

The spokesman emphasized that the only way to counter the phenomenon is by reaching consensus among all countries to fight violence and terrorism.

A pair of suicide bombings hit a central Baghdad market on Saturday, killing 28 people and wounding at least 54, prompting security forces to ban traffic from key streets at the center of the Iraqi capital.

The self-styled Islamic State terrorist group claimed the attacks in al-Sanak, a busy market in Baghdad.

Turkish officials also said at least 39 people were killed and 69 wounded in a gun attack in a nightclub early Sunday, as they were celebrating the New Year.


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