Larijani Calls on Iraqi Gov't to Protect Iranian Pilgrims
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani condemned the Friday terrorist attack in Iraq, which claimed the lives of 17 Iranian pilgrims and wounded 44 others, and asked the Baghdad government to increase security measures to protect the lives of Iranian pilgrims.
"I urge the government of the brotherly and friendly country of Iraq to preserve the security of the Iranian pilgrims of the holy shrines and adopt the necessary measures to powerfully counter the outlaws and terrorist groups in the country," Larijani said in a message issued to express his condolences over the martyrdom of the Iranian pilgrims in Iraq.
Also in his message, Larijani expressed deep sorrow over the incident and extended his sympathy to the bereaved families of the victims of the terrorist attack.
In relevant remarks today, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Araqchi deplored the attack against the Iranian pilgrims in Iraq's Diyala province, and described it as a blind and cowardly act which runs counter to all human and Islamic principles.
Araqchi said that committing such crimes against pilgrims on the day Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) was appointed to Prophetic Mission shows that the terrorists in charge of the crime are either the direct hirelings of the Islamic Ummah's enemies or are exercising enemies' plots after being fooled and trapped in their conspiracies.
He also underlined the Iraqi government's responsibility for safeguarding the lives of the Iranian pilgrims visiting the Shiites' holy shrines in the country.
17 Iranian nationals were killed Friday in a car-bomb attack in the Eastern Iraqi province of Diyala, police said.
The explosives-packed vehicle exploded near a bus full of Shiite Muslims on their way to a shrine.
The blast occurred as the bus, which was part of a convoy, sat at a police checkpoint in Al Maqdadiya, 45 kilometers (28 miles) Northeast of Baquba, the provincial capital.
Members of the Iraqi security forces are also among the fatalities.