Baghdad car bomb attack strongly condemned by UN

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Ján Kubiš, Special Representative for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) at Security Council meeting on the situation in Iraq. UN File Photo/Eskinder Debebe

A car bomb attack on a busy market in northern Baghdad has been described as "cowardly" by a senior UN official.

According to media reports, the terrorist group ISIL has claimed responsibility for the attack and as many as 60 people have died.

This latest attack comes after a car bomb was detonated near a restaurant in Baquba on 9 May which also left large numbers of casualties.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

The UN Special Envoy for Iraq has strongly condemned the recent bomb attacks against Iraqi civilians who he said have done nothing but go about their daily lives.

Ján Kubiš said such acts of terrorist violence are "against all principles of decency and humanity."

He also called on the authorities to do their utmost to quickly bring the perpetrators to justice.

The UN estimates that ten million people in Iraq require some form of humanitarian assistance and 3.3 million are internally displaced.

It is also among the most deadly countries in the world for civilians.

Last year, more than 7,500 people were killed in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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