Jan 21, 2021 16:36 UTC
  • Iran strongly condemns Baghdad twin bombings as death toll hits 32

Iran’s Embassy in Baghdad has vehemently condemned twin bombings against the Iraqi capital that killed at least 32 people proving the deadliest attack to target the city in three years.

According to Press TV, on Thursday, the diplomatic mission released a statement, calling the attacks “terrorist atrocities,” and condoling with the survivors. The embassy expressed hope that the Iraqi security officials will manage to consign the perpetrators to justice at the earliest opportunity.

According to Iraq’s Health Ministry, as many as 110 have also been wounded from the bombings that struck the capital’s Tayaran Square earlier in the day.

The first attacker drew a crowd at the bustling market by claiming to feel sick, then detonated his explosives belt, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said.

As more people then flocked to the scene to help the victims, a second suicide bomber set off his explosives.

The open-air market, where second-hand clothes are sold at stalls, had been teeming with people after the lifting of nearly a year of COVID-19 restrictions across the country.

The health ministry said those who lost their lives had died on the scene of the attack, and that most of the wounded had been treated and released from hospital.

There has been so far no claim of responsibility for the attacks.

“As ever, the Islamic Republic lays emphasis on [providing] support for the Iraqi government and nation and is prepared to render whatever service that could be required,” the statement read.

 ‘Baghdad bombing aimed at prolonging foreign forces presence in Iraq’

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, for his part, vehemently condemned Baghdad’s twin blasts later on Thursday.

Saeed Khatibzadeh expressed sympathy of the Iranian nation and government with the families of victims, while condoling with the Iraqi nation and government over “this huge calamity.”

The Foreign Ministry spokesman added that the Daesh Takfiri terrorism has been resuscitated in Iraq and is planning to disrupt the country’s peace and stability and provide foreign forces with an excuse to continue their presence in the Arab country.

Khatibzadeh stressed Iran’s support for the Iraqi government as well as the country’s stability and territorial integrity, adding that Tehran also backs measures taken by the Iraqi security forces to find and bring to justice the perpetrators behind such crimes

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready, as it did in the past, to provide Iraqi brethren will all kinds of support in their fight against terrorism and extremism,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman added.

Zarif warns of plots to push new US president into confrontation with Iran

Separately, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also reacted to the harrowing attacks, pointing out that such terrorist attacks, among other forms of instigation, result in nothing but wastage of American lives and resources to target the Islamic Republic.

“From terrorist bombings in Baghdad to [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu's boot-licking—albeit a new boot—all have but one objective: trap another POTUS (President of the United States) into spending US blood & treasure to “confront” Iran,” he tweeted.

Among the hawkish officials, the Israeli official has been trying most to make the US take on Iran. Provocation by him and others managed to have Washington leave a 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers and return the inhumane American sanctions that the deal had lifted.

“The cringe-worthy obsequiousness notwithstanding, desperate plotting against Iran will fail again,” Zarif added. He was referring to Iran’s success in neutralizing the effects of the sanctions and launching nuclear countermeasures against the US and others’ non-commitment to the deal.

Iraq's PMU leader: Desperate terrorist attacks cannot make Iraqis falter

The Chairman of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) or Hashd al-Sha'abi anti-terror force, Falih al-Fayyadh, also condemned the terrorist blasts, asserting that such “desperate terrorist attempts” cannot cause the Iraqi people and security forces to falter.

“We trust our popular, security, and intelligence forces’ [ability] to frustrate the enemies’ plots,” he added.

Qais al-Khazali, leader of Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq -- a PMU subgroup -- also denounced the attacks and urged the Iraqi intelligence service to identify its perpetrators.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the deadly attacks, but such assaults bear the hallmarks of those carried out by the remnants of the Daesh terrorist group.