Iraqi security forces and rescue workers inspect damages following a bomb attack in central Baghdad, June 4, 2012.
Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has strongly condemned an assassination attempt against a senior Sunni cleric in Baghdad.
On Sunday, a bomb struck the convoy carrying Mahdi al-Sumaidaie in western Baghdad, killing four of his bodyguards and critically wounding the anti-extremism Muslim cleric.
The attack occurred when al-Sumaidaie, who has sided with the government against extremism, was returning from prayers to mark the beginning of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
Mehmanparast warned against enemies’ attempts to create divisions between Muslims and said, “The intensification of terrorist operations in Iraq against the country’s Muslim people, either Shias or Sunnis, and especially the terrorists’ ignoring the sanctity and holiness of the blessed month of Ramadan reflects the true nature of the planners and operators of these sorts of criminal activities.”
The Iranian official expressed hope that, strengthened by national unity and solidarity, the Muslim people of Iraq would not allow their enemies to achieve their objectives.