mercredi 23 janvier 2013

Turkey condemns suicide attack on funeral ceremony in Iraq

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has condemned in the strongest terms a suicide attack that targeted a funeral, claiming the lives of at least 25 people in Tuz Khormato, a town in northern Iraq in which Turkmens constitute the majority of the population.

In a written statement released on Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry said that the suicide blast at the funeral and at a mosque showed how inhumane the act was and that it had learned about it with great sadness.

We condemn this atrocious attack, ask for God's mercy on those killed and wish the wounded a speedy recovery, the ministry said.

We believe that the people of Iraq will not be a tool of those who have learned nothing from humanity, the ministry also said.

According to Iraqi security forces as well as medical staff, the suicide blast at the funeral took place at about 4:30 p.m. and resulted in the death of at least 25 people. Seventy-five people were wounded in the incident.

A Turkmen deputy in the Iraqi national parliament, Fevzi Ekrem stated that Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) Deputy Chairman Ali Hasim Muhtaroğlu and former ITF Chairman Sadettin Ergeç as well as Kirkuk Provincial Assembly member Munir Kafili were also wounded in the suicide blast.

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