Turkey condemns violence in Iraqi elections

Turkey condemns violence that has marred Iraq's first parliamentary elections since withdrawal of foreign troops three years ago

Turkey condemns violence that has marred Iraq's first parliamentary elections since withdrawal of foreign troops three years ago

ANKARA - Turkey has condemned the 'terror' attacks and violence during Wednesday's parliamentary elections in Iraq.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry in a statement offered it's condolences to victims' families and wished a fast recovery for the injured.

Iraqi security forces killed 18 militants affiliated with Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) Wednesday in a security operation in the province of Anbar, a security source said, as Iraqis headed to the polls.

However, before voting began at least three people were killed and six others injured in an explosive near a polling station in the country’s northern province of Diyala.

"We hope the parliamentary elections bring prosperity to the Iraqi people, strengthen the power of democracy and the rule of law and lead Iraq to be a part of the international community that the country deserves," the statement from the ministry added.

Voting in Iraq's first parliamentary elections, since the withdrawal of foreign troops, took place amid a myriad of security challenges, particularly in the western and northern parts of the country where government troops have been battling militant groups since December.

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