Turkey condemns bombings in Iraq
Monday, June 09, 2014
ANKARA - Turkey condemned the recent bombing attacks in Iraq's capital Baghdad and Diyala province at the weekend.
A total of 23 people, including three police officers, were killed and 47 others wounded in attacks in capital Baghdad on Saturday, by explosive-laden vehicles, damaging many shops and cars in several neighborhoods.
Seventeen people were killed and 65 others injured on Sunday in a twin blast, targeting the headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Party in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Turkey's Foreign Ministry offered condolences to the victims' families and wished a speedy recovery to those injured, in a statement issued on Monday.
The statement also said the ministry is concerned about the latest developments in Mosul and Anbar where terrorist groups clashed with Iraqi forces.
On Monday, Iraqi security forces reportedly killed 37 militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who had earlier taken over several districts in the northern city of Mosul.
Six Iraqis were killed and 14 others injured on Sunday in the army shelling of areas in the violence-wracked Fallujah and Ramadi cities of the western Anbar province as well.
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