Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The United Nations on Wednesday expressed condemnation of an armed attack launched by Islamic State militants at a northern Baghdad area, urging Iraqis to remain alert for sleeper militant cells.
U.N. representative in Iraq. Jan Kubis, “strongly condemns the terrorist shootings at Tarmiya north of Baghdad, in which a number of innocent civilians were killed and wounded,” read a statement by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).
“Terrorist sleeper cells continue to mount sporadic attacks despite the defeat of their main military structure by Iraqi security forces,” Kubis said. “I call on the authorities and local communities to remain alert to thwart the terrorists”, he added.
Earlier on Wednesday, Baghdad Operations chief, Jalil al-Rubaie, told Alsumaria News that “the security situation in Tarimiya has become secure and under control”, adding that “what happened yesterday in the area was an act of retaliation from Daesh (Islamic State)”.
Security sources were quoted saying late Tuesday that an armed group of Daesh opened fire indiscriminately in Tarimiya, killing seven civilians and wounding 13 others. Islamic State militants reportedly claimed responsibility.
A total of 68 Iraqis were killed and another 122 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in April, according to casualty figures recorded by (UNAMI).