US Condemns Attack On Iraqi Speaker's Convoy

Washington DC - The U.S. State Department has condemned Monday's attack on Iraqi Council of Representatives Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi.

"The United States strongly condemns today's attack on the convoy of the Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, Osama al-Nujaifi, in Ninewa province," said State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf in a statement released to the press.

Al-Nujaifi's convoy was struck by a roadside bomb in the northern city of Mosul on Monday.

According to Iraqi police, two of his guards were injured, but al-Nujaifi escaped unharmed.

Harf added: "Today's attack exemplifies the danger terrorist groups pose to all Iraqis, and the importance of Iraqi leaders from all communities working together to isolate militant groups from the broader population."

More than 1,000 people died in Iraq in January as a result of an uptick in violence between the government and militant groups.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack on al-Nujaifi.

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