Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has called on the Iraqi government to provide security for the Iranian pilgrims visiting this country.
Condemning the latest terrorist attack against Iranian pilgrims in Iraq on Saturday, Larijani urged Baghdad to take necessary measures to counter thugs and terrorist groups in the country.
Sixteen Iranian pilgrims were killed in a terrorist bomb attack in the Iraqi city of Muqdadiyah in Diyala Province, about 80 km northeast of the capital Baghdad, on Friday morning.
The blast, killing nearly 20 people overall, ripped through the bus taking pilgrims to the holy city of Najaf. At least 45 people, many of them thought to be Iranians, were also wounded in the bombing.
Larijani also expressed his sympathies over the death of Iranian pilgrims.
Earlier on Saturday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi condemned the attack as indiscriminate, unjust, and counter to all human and Islamic principles.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for Friday’s bloody attack.
In another terrorist attack on May 25, five Iranian pilgrims were killed and 20 others were injured after a booby-trapped car hit their bus near the city of Samarra, some 125 km north of Baghdad.