Baghdad, 19 November 2018 – The Special Representative for Iraq of the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ján Kubiš, strongly condemns the bombing that targeted civilians in the city of Tikrit in Salaheddin Governorate north of Baghdad on Sunday. Mr. Kubiš expresses his deepest sympathies with the families of those who lost their lives and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.
"This cowardly attack outside a restaurant in central Tikrit is pure evil. It has no aims other than to kill civilians and to try to destroy Iraq's recovery and peaceful march after years of conflict. But the terrorists' goal of undermining security and destabilizing the areas still recovering from the scourge of terrorism will fail with the unity of the Iraqi people and the vigilance of the security forces," Mr. Kubiš said.
The Special Representative calls on the authorities to focus all efforts on combating the terrorists' sleeper cells to thwart any future attacks against civilians.
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