TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi condemned a terrorist attack in the US city of New York that left at least eight people dead, saying it is time for the world to seriously deal with terrorism and root it out.

In a Wednesday statement, Qassemi voiced sympathy with the bereaved families of the victims and those injured in the car ramming attack.

A man driving a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists on a bike path alongside the Hudson River in New York City on Tuesday, killing eight people and injuring about a dozen.

“Using the tactic of attacking and massacring innocent and defenseless citizens in streets and public places shows how ruthless and brutal terrorist groups like Daesh are,” he said.

He added that when such events occur in another country, the people of Iran, as one of the victims of terrorism, remember their own bitter memories of similar events.

“We believe that the ominous, inhumane, and cruel phenomenon of terrorism has its roots in the policies and approaches the US and its allies have adopted in the Middle East. They created, nurtured, and supported these groups to make instrumental use of them.”

He said that the US and its allies used these groups as a means to achieve their goals and also to destabilize regional countries.

Qassemi underlined that the only way to eradicate terrorism is that all countries deal with this phenomenon seriously, honestly and in full transparency.