Baghdad bombings condemned by UN special envoy

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Ján Kubiš, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), briefs the press following closed Security Council consultations on the situation in Iraq in February 2016.
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The UN special envoy for Iraq has condemned the bombing of a busy market area in the capital city Baghdad in which scores of people were killed and injured.

According to media reports, 28 people died when the twin bombs exploded on Saturday morning.

More than 2,800 Iraqis lost their lives in November this year and around 900 of them were civilians, according to UN estimates.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

"Utterly despicable" is how the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq described the latest terror attack to hit Baghdad.

Ján Kubiš deplored the deaths of innocent civilians as they prepared to receive the New Year.

He offered his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

According to casualty figures recorded by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Bagdhad was the worst affected province with 733 civilian casualties in the past month.

Jocelyne Sambira, United nations,

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