TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi strongly condemned twin bomb attacks in central Baghdad that left tens of people dead and injured on Monday, stressing the Islamic Republic’s support for Iraq in the battle against terrorism.
Qassemi censured the terror attacks and expressed sympathy with the Iraqi government and nation, especially the bereaved families of the victims.
He further reiterated Iran’s decisive support for Iraq’s people and government in their “relentless battle against terrorism, which is rooted in extremist ideologies” of foreign-backed Takfiri terrorist groups.
Iraqi security forces said the twin attacks in central Baghdad killed at least 38 people while another 105 people sustained injuries.
The bombings occurred at Tayyaran (aviation) Square in the Iraqi capital this morning.
General Saad Maan, a spokesman for the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, said two individuals had blown themselves up at the busy square.
Tayyaran Square is a bustling center of commerce and a place where day laborers gather in the early morning waiting for jobs.
It has been the site of deadly attacks in the past.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but most such attacks in Iraq are the work of the Daesh (also known as ISIL or ISIS) terrorist group.
Daesh began a terrorist offensive in Iraq in 2014, overrunning territory and brutalizing people there. The Iraqi army and volunteer forces soon launched operations to retake occupied territory and eliminate Daesh.
Victory in those operations was declared on December 9, 2017. But pockets of Daesh terrorists and potential sleeper cells continue to have a presence in Iraq.