Amir of­fers con­do­lences to Iraq

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KUWAIT CITY, Sept 16, (Agen­cies): His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a ca­ble on Thurs­day to Iraqi Pres­i­dent Fuad Al-Ma­sum, ex­press­ing his sin­cere con­do­lences over the Nasiriyah deadly ter­ror­ist at­tack, which left scores of peo­ple dead or in­jured.

In his ca­ble, His High­ness the Amir also em­pha­sized Kuwait’s strong con­dem­na­tion of the ter­ror­ist at­tack which tar­geted a res­tau­rant and po­lice check­point in south­ern Iraq.

His High­ness the Amir re­it­er­ated Kuwait’s re­jec­tion of such heinous ter­ror­ist acts which tar­get in­no­cent peo­ple and aim to desta­bi­lize a sis­terly coun­try.

He added that th­ese acts con­tra­dict all re­li­gious and hu­man val­ues and norms.

Kuwait sup­ports the in­ter­na­tional ef­forts to rid the world from all forms of ter­ror­ism, His High­ness said.

He also ex­pressed deep sym­pa­thy with fam­i­lies of the vic­tims and wished speedy re­cov­ery for the wounded peo­ple.

His High­ness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf AlAh­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber AlMubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah sent sim­i­lar ca­bles to the Iraqi pres­i­dent.

Gun­men and sui­cide bombers killed at least 84 peo­ple in south­ern Iraq in the dead­li­est at­tack by the Is­lamic State group since it lost sec­ond city Mo­sul, ac­cord­ing to a new toll re­leased on Fri­day.

Many of the dead in Thurs­day’s at­tack near the city of Nasiriyah were Shi­ite Mus­lim pil­grims, some of them Ira­nian, of­fi­cials said.

“The death toll has risen to 84 af­ter the dis­cov­ery of 10 more bod­ies at the scene of the at­tack,” said Jassem al-Kha­lidi,

di­rec­tor for Dhiqar prov­ince, which has largely been spared the vi­o­lence that has plagued north­ern and cen­tral Iraq.

“An­other 93 peo­ple were wounded, many of them se­ri­ously,” Kha­lidi told AFP.

The as­sailants struck at mid­day, open­ing fire on a res­tau­rant be­fore get­ting into a car and blow­ing them­selves up at a nearby se­cu­rity check­point, of­fi­cials said.

They left a trail of de­struc­tion, with charred bod­ies scat­tered on the ground near the burnt-out wrecks of cars, buses and trucks, an AFP correspondent re­ported.

The at­tack was quickly claimed by IS, which ap­pears to be switch­ing to in­sur­gent at­tacks af­ter suf­fer­ing a string of set­backs on the bat­tle­field.

UN en­voy Jan Ku­bis con­demned the “cow­ardly twin at­tacks ... which re­sulted in nu­mer­ous civil­ian ca­su­al­ties, in­clud­ing many pil­grims.”

(KUNA photos)

Above: The Kuwaiti aca­demics pose with a monk in one of the monas­tries they vis­ited. Be­low: One of the rare Ara­bic manuscripts dis­cov­ered by the team of Kuwaiti aca­demics.

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