Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – Iraqi President Fuad Masum has condemned an overnight suicide bomb attack near a park in the Iraqi capital Baghdad that left 14 people killed and wounded.
The attack took place around midnight Wednesday when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt near an amusement park in al-Shula neighborhood in northwestern Baghdad.
There were children among the casualties.
This heinous crime shows how perpetrators of such terrorist attacks are coward and have no moral values, the Iraqi president said.
Masum called on Iraqi security forces to remain vigilant and bring all terrorists at large to trial to be punished for their crimes.
He further offered condolences to the victims’ families and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State (IS) militant group is believed to be behind the blast as it used to target areas where crowds of people gather, including markets, cafes and mosques across Iraq.
Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over 3 million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.