Turkey condemns terrorist attack in Baghdad

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Published 25.12.2014 10:04
Updated 25.12.2014 18:48

Turkey has condemned an explosion in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, that killed around 50 people on Wednesday.

At least 43 people were killed and 61 others -- mostly from security forces -- wounded in a suicide bomber attack on Wednesday in Baghdad, according to a Iraqi police source.

"We strongly condemn this reprehensible attack that targeted Iraq's stability and the unity and integrity of the Iraqi people," a statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.

Turkey will continue to stand by the Iraqi government and people in its struggle against terror, it added.

"The attack targeted pro-government Al-Sahwa forces in the Al-Mada'in district in southeastern Baghdad," a police source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency earlier on Wednesday.

The attack has yet to be claimed.

Iraq has been gripped by a security vacuum since June, when the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) took control of large areas in Iraq and Syria.

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