UN envoy in Iraq condemns "mindless and brutal" attack which killed more than 20 people

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Martin Kobler

The UN representative in Iraq has strongly condemned a recent attack in the northern city of Kirkuk which killed dozens and injured many more.

Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, has extended condolences to the families of the victims of what he called "mindless and brutal violence."

According to news reports, more than 20 people were killed in Kirkuk on Sunday following a suicide bomb attack on the police headquarters.

Armed men attempted to storm the compound after the explosion but were killed by guards.

In a statement, Kobler said the perpetrators of the attack showed a complete disregard for human life.

He described multi-ethnic Kirkuk as "the symbol of peaceful coexistence in Iraq," adding it is important that the city's people remain united against the forces of extremism and hatred.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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