'Foreign agents behind Baghdad blasts'
Iraqi security forces inspect a crater caused by a car bomb attack in the neighborhood of Karrada in Baghdad on Thursday, December 22, 2011.
Iran's deputy foreign minister has condemned serial explosions in Iraq's capital of Baghdad as schemes by some of the foreign countries aimed at sowing discord among Iraqi Muslims.
“Such efforts are doomed to fail, and Iraq's vigilant and wise people and the country's [democratically] elected government as well as its police and security forces will give a crushing response to the plot's perpetrators,” Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Thursday.
Warning about the effect of such terrorist attacks on regional security, Amir-Abdollahian said, “Those who have had a hand in these blasts must know that the region's enemies are the only ones who benefit from these measures.”
Spokesperson for Iraq's Health Ministry Ziad Tariq said 57 people were killed and 176 injured in 10 bombing attacks that rocked nine neighborhoods of Baghdad on Thursday.
The attacks were carried out in the Allawi, Bab al-Muatham and Karrada districts of central Baghdad, the Adhamiyah, Shuala and Shaab neighborhoods in the north, Jadriyah in the east, Ghazaliyah in the west and Amal and Dura in the south.