Iraq: Secretary-General 'repulsed and outraged' by killing of large number of children in Baghdad suicide bombing

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The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General is repulsed and outraged by the deaths of a large number of children, among other civilians, in the latest suicide bombing today in Baghdad. He condemns in the strongest terms this senseless act of violence.

As the Secretary-General has said repeatedly, there can be no justification for the deliberate targeting of civilians -- much less children, who are our hope for the future. Nothing will be accomplished by today's killing of innocents.