Deadly Attack Rocks Central Baghdad

A suicide bomber reportedly detonated an explosives-packed car outside the offices of the Shia Waqf in central Baghdad, killing at least 26 people and wounding more than 190.

Reports say the latest attack comes less than a week after a series of bombings killed 17 people in Baghdad.

The attack is reported have been carried out by al-Qaeda’s Iraqi wing.

A partial view of the offices inside the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, that was destroyed by a truck bomb on August 19, 2003. UN Photo/Timothy Sopp

The United Nations top envoy in Iraq today condemned “in the strongest terms” the attack in central Baghdad.

“These atrocious crimes against the Iraqi people need to stop and the perpetrators should be brought to justice.” – Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq Martin Kobler

Mr. Kobler extended his condolences to the families of the attack’s victims.

Mr. Kobler also urged Iraqis to remain steadfast in the face of violence.

“I urge Iraqi people from all walks of life and religious backgrounds to rise above past divisions and unite for a peaceful future.” -Mr. Kobler

On March this year, a series of deadly bomb attacks in a number of Iraqi cities have claimed the lives of more than 40 people and injured many others.

Media reports indicated that a series of coordinated bomb blasts went off in over a dozen cities and towns, including the capital, Baghdad, as well as Karbala, Kirkuk, Falluja and Mosul, killing more than 40 people and wounding scores of others.

The deadly bombings coincides with the ninth anniversary of the US invasion and days before the nation hosts a meeting of Arab leaders.

The attacks on some Iraqi cities come nine years to the day since a U.S.-led army invaded Iraq on 20th of March 2003 which had ousted notorious dictator Saddam Hussein.

On December 2006, Saddam Hussein, the man who brought suffering to many Arabs, has been executed in a secret location in a northern Baghdad suburb, Khademiya.

Reports say nearly 4,500 Americans were killed before the last American troops left Iraq in December 2011.

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