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U.S. Embassy, Multinational Force Iraq Condemn Attacks on Citizens

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2008 – The U.S Embassy in Baghdad and Multinational Force Iraq today strongly condemned al Qaeda’s attacks on Iraqi citizens making their way to Karbala for a Shiite holy festival yesterday.

A suicide bomber struck near Iskandariyah, killing 40 and injuring 60, according to initial reports from local officials. Hours earlier, a suicide-bomb attack in southern Baghdad killed three and wounded 36 others, according to other news sources.

The violence reflects the nature of an enemy who will target even those practicing their religion in an effort to reignite sectarian strife in Iraq, the statement said.

“Yesterday’s attacks further demonstrate the importance of national unity and resolve in countering these terrorists,” it added. “We will work closely with the government of Iraq and their security forces to help bring the perpetrators of these attacks to justice.”

(From a Multinational Force Iraq news release.)

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